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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 1–10.
Published: 01 March 2020
... is contingent on specific individual and collective action, suggesting that the future could still perhaps be otherwise. Copyright © 2020 by Small Axe, Inc. 2020 Rita Indiana time travel moral luck posthuman ethics enlightened catastrophism In Our Posthuman Future , Francis Fukuyama ponders...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 163–172.
Published: 01 November 2010
... essay hereafter cited in text. 4 David Scott, Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004). 166  |  History and Catastrophe Saint-Domingue and the double legacy of racial slavery and colonialism, and anyone familiar...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 166–176.
Published: 01 November 2012
... Brathwaite’s assertion that “art must come out of catastrophe,” then surely Haiti trumps this point. Depending on discipline or disposition, the very name of the place invokes both art and catastrophe. . . . Especially so in the first decade of this millennium...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 200–211.
Published: 01 March 2010
... with my feeling that men like overseer Thomas Thistlewood (1721–86), an Enlightenment intellectual who was also a brute (and of whom I am biographer)7, and the wealthy planter Simon Taylor (1740–1813), with whom Brown deals at length, need to be incorporated into the lexicon...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 134–154.
Published: 01 November 2011
... Enlightenment. 146  |  Baby on the Blender: A Visual History of Catastrophe in Haiti the Pantheon. The other invokes a second divinity, usually the patron of that temple. The flags are kept in appropriate altar rooms (baji) and are unfurled during Vodou ceremonies, when...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2018
... or damage or injury or failure can be permanent and irreparable. This is the kind of wrong that evil seeks to describe . To my mind, therefore, the sensibility of a moral and reparatory history is both catastrophic and tragic —catastrophic inasmuch as it registers the constitutive features of a founding...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 219–227.
Published: 01 March 2010
... of the book is a largely synchronic study of the endur- ing political-economic forces and cultural practices that made a slave society from a human catastrophe. After exploring the way that the colonial economy focused attention on death and the way that rites of passing and inheritance gave recognizable...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 179–190.
Published: 01 June 2008
... consumer of words. This assessor of texts will normally predicate condemnation or praise of given aspects of the work under perusal on his or her authority as an enlightened interpreter of the reader’s desire or need. In that sense, this popular critic admittedly inhabits a discursive field...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 173–185.
Published: 01 November 2010
... of colonial enlightenment, captured so well in James’s account, “opens up space for ethical political theorizing about the postcolonial present”;3 Scott celebrates The Black Jacobins precisely because of the critical force it released in James’s own political present. In his commentary here, he focuses...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 100–122.
Published: 01 March 2023
... of racialized belonging. I take issue with a strong, ongoing belief that Europe is the birthplace of democracy and of modern citizenship, as part of a more enlightened (egalitarian, progressive, and secure) phase in the history of social relations after “feudalism.” This belief continues to resonate both...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 152–162.
Published: 01 November 2010
... history. Small Axe, Inc. 2010 BOOK DISCUSSION: Susan Buck-Morss, Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), 160 pages; ISBN: 978-0822959786 (paper). Antinomies of Slavery, Enlightenment, and Universal History David Scott Etudier...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): vii–x.
Published: 01 July 2019
... and catastrophe, a topic that has occupied me for a number of years. How should we write the story—fictive or otherwise—of the third-world 1970s? Mengiste’s novel is set in the early years of the 1974 Ethiopian Revolution—the context is that of the devastation of the rural famine, the gathering storm...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): vii–x.
Published: 01 November 2022
... witness in Of Age and Innocence the drama of anticolonialism, punctuated as it is by the ambiguous coconstitution of personal and political contingencies, overwhelmed by catastrophe—by murder (of the anticolonial leader Shepherd and the arch colonialist Crabbe); by tragedy (in the contingent actions...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 178–185.
Published: 01 November 2021
...,” History and Anthropology 27, no. 4 (2016): 373–92. 19 David Scott, Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004); Deborah A. Thomas, “Time and the Otherwise: Plantations, Garrisons, and Being Human in the Caribbean,” Anthropological...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 50–74.
Published: 01 March 2009
... omnipotence (Operation Infinite Justice, the War to End All Evil) coinciding with nightmares of impending attack, the United States has entered the domain of paranoia: dream world and catastrophe. For it is only in paranoia that one finds simultaneously and in such condensed form both deliriums...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 151–159.
Published: 01 November 2018
... a certain theoretical cul de sac in contemporary black studies theorizations that requires further thought if we are to diligently contemplate the stakes of freedom for black people globally. 7 See Sylvia Wynter and Katherine McKittrick, “Unparalleled Catastrophe for Our Species? or, To Give Humanities...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 1–15.
Published: 01 November 2020
... out of a tricky situation to thank him for their newfound wealth. Taken together, these ironic repetitions give the Trilogie its self-reflexive dynamic. If it were a shape, the Trilogie would be a stretched spiral with three arcs ending in three loops—each loop symbolizing a catastrophic upset...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 186–198.
Published: 01 November 2021
.../haiti_from_alienated_hope_to_a_durable_future . 2 See Mark Schuller, “‘Haiti Is Finished!’: Haiti’s End of History Meets the Ends of Capitalism,” in Nandini Gunewardena and Mark Schuller, eds., Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction (Lanham, MD: Alta Mira, 2008), 191–214. 3 Martin Munro...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 147–176.
Published: 01 November 2023
... compounded crises bound up with the afterlives of colonialism—coming to a head in the form of planetary climate catastrophe and its attendant sociopolitical degradations—have rightfully renewed demands for a decolonization of the contemporary world. The three orientations that guide the essay—the conflict...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 96–109.
Published: 01 July 2020
..., without the promise of salvation and rebirth. 4 The expansion of nuclear military technology, fossil fuel–driven global warming, and the growth of inequality because of neoliberal economic globalization and financialization are threatening catastrophic destruction to planetary life, and the entire...