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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 152–165.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Yarimar Bonilla Over fifteen years have passed since Michel-Rolph Trouillot issued his critical call for the renunciation of Haitian exceptionalism. Trouillot's principled argument remains as urgent today as when it was first written, if not more so. Particularly in the wake of the 2010 earthquake...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 7–21.
Published: 01 March 2013
... that of more politically visible figures such as Jacques Roumain, Jacques-Stephen Alexis, and René Depestre. Chauvet's exceptionalized status has much to do with her nonparticipation in the gender-bound political culture of her time. This essay seeks to tease out how this pointedly nonaligned woman writer fits...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 35–50.
Published: 01 March 2019
...-constitutive counterpoint to identity formation and national founding. While the early historiography of Hispaniola offered a social constructivist revisionist account of fragmentation and nation state formation, it simultaneously sustained the notion of exceptionalism, reified elitist nationalist discourses...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 32–41.
Published: 01 October 2008
...J. Michael Dash This article challenges the notion of Haitian cultural exceptionalism, and the ways in which in the postindigenist era the peasant novel in general and Jacques Roumain's Gouverneurs de la rosée in particular became yardsticks for judging Haitian writing. Evoking contemporary...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 210–219.
Published: 01 November 2021
..., how gender and age shape people’s experience of crisis, the discourse of Haitian exceptionalism, and the need to rethink crisis in Haiti from the standpoint of the conceptual categories and lived experiences of those who most directly feel the brunt of the destructive forces of predatory capitalism...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 50–68.
Published: 01 July 2021
... orisha rituals to patakíes (Afro-Cuban oral tradition), over a reappropriated plantational space in which black sensuality contests negative biopolitical forms. Rolando not only draws from transnational critical race theory to address the myth of Latin American exceptionalism, she also challenges Michel...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 35–51.
Published: 01 November 2014
... Revolution as a question of “universal history.” © Small Axe, Inc. 2014 Haiti theory exceptionalism Black Jacobins universal history What is the contemporary “theory-problem” about Haiti? To phrase it somewhat differently, What is the conceptual conundrum or the ideological problem-space...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 1–15.
Published: 01 July 2021
... represented a threat to the established order as the birthplace of audacious ideas that “cause changes in the world.” 68 © Small Axe, Inc. 2021 international relations historiography universalism exceptionalism idea-shift As far as I am concerned, at 4:53:10 p.m. last year, when...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 1–15.
Published: 01 September 2005
.... Th us, there seems to be a curse on black people. But the Haitians have, despite everything, been able to escape it. How? By luck! And why? Because of what Asselin Charles calls Haitian exceptionalism, that is, the belief in an exceptional Haitian character.⁹ It is this convic- tion that leads...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 193–199.
Published: 01 March 2014
... relationship to violence. Indeed, I often feel that I did not go far enough to argue against the exceptionality of Jamaica in relation to the circulations of violence—past and present—that have been foundational to our notions and experiences of modernity. By these, I mean to evoke not only the early modern...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 201–208.
Published: 01 July 2017
... the crowds in Tahir Square to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Although Non-Sovereign Futures is in many ways a traditional place-based monograph, it is guided by a comparative perspective that seeks to de-exceptionalize the French Antilles and to deprovincialize the Caribbean more broadly...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 186–198.
Published: 01 November 2021
... an apocalyptic turn in the millennium, an apocalyptic moment without the promise of a new or better beginning. 3 A year after the earthquake, I wrote that Haiti “disappears under apocalyptic images,” arguing that these images illuminate the workings of Haitian exceptionalism. 4 Since then I have been...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 39–56.
Published: 01 July 2009
.... These narratives are in fact pre- vious to the influential work of Gilberto Freyre. Historian Célia Marinho de Azevedo contends that the myth of Brazilian racial paradise was formulated by Brazilian abolitionists with the help of their US counterparts. Images of Brazil’s exceptionally pacific racial relations...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 55–71.
Published: 01 March 2014
.... It is the fiction of Haitian exceptionalism that is weird. —Michel-Rolph Trouillot, “The Odd and the Ordinary” The impressive advances—in both quality and coverage—in historical writing on the Caribbean over the past half century has, to a certain extent, mirrored changes in the region over the same period...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 49–64.
Published: 01 November 2016
... especially “The Caribbean as a Socio-cultural Area” and Caribbean Transformations (Chicago: Aldine, 1974). For later work that focuses more on the question of a Hispanic difference or exceptionalism, see his “Creolization and Hispanic Exceptionalism,” Review: Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center 31...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 121–128.
Published: 01 November 2015
..., the succession of resounding negations (“Neither Europeans, nor Africans, nor Asians …”) setting the tone of the Praise only ends in the affirmation and the proclamation of some new exceptionalism: that of a Caribbean identity defined by its opposition to what Edouard Glissant has called ata-vistic cultures...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 80–94.
Published: 01 July 2014
... difference and exceptionalism. Popular perspectives all over the island are erased by conflict models that focus on state- and elite-level discourses, as other scholars have argued. 13 Although challenging, work on Santo Domingo/the Dominican Republic at midcentury advances a number of important...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 144–152.
Published: 01 November 2022
... of the strengths and promises of Lambert’s close reading methods that is urgent for Black feminist literary criticism: the rejection of exceptionalism as virtue in and of itself in the analysis of Black women’s political careers and, by extension, their literary production. Lambert certainly highlights Purcell’s...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 164–172.
Published: 01 March 2014
... these forms. And so the exceptionality of the violence Thomas studies in Jamaica is the exceptionality of the rule.) For the European and North American poets Ramazani studies, the designation “melancholic mourning” captures the techniques of ambivalence, irony, and irresolution that mark the work of writers...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 181–190.
Published: 01 March 2018
... of recorded music as a supplement to sonic figurations of American exceptionalism or Caribbean Pan-Africanism. As I have attempted to make evident in work produced immediately in the wake of The Sound of Culture —work enriched by Jaji’s Africa in Stereo and in her essay responding to my book 8...