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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 53–68.
Published: 01 July 2014
... the Novel to Brazil,” Roberto Schwarz explores the impact on the work of José de Alencar and Machado de Assis of the contradictions arising from Brazil's dependent position within the capitalist world-system. He is concerned with what happens when an imported form confronts a local content...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 58–73.
Published: 01 July 2013
... futures of leftist politics in the region would be disciplinarily mediated through close readings of literary form. When I actually went to Grenada in 1998, it rapidly became clear to me that my planned approach was not tenable. I came to believe that place was not accidental or extraneous to the memory...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 123–140.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Lauren Derby This essay argues for the utility of fugitive speech forms as primary sources for Caribbean historical research. It seeks to shift the discussion from forms such as autobiography and the memoir to more ephemeral speech forms such as hearsay, rumor, and gossip on the grounds that...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Kezia Page This essay explores the roots of the reggae revival in Jamaica. It considers what it means that the revival is not singularly located in music and sound but that revivalists imagine an artistic community and aesthetic that includes a number of other art forms as well. Through a close...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 88–107.
Published: 01 July 2013
... underlay old forms of social organization and, thus, are becoming relevant in the ways regions are being reinscribed in increasingly international spheres of engagement. The agents engaged in such spheres of international and regional governance are transforming juridical structures in the Caribbean. These...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 1–12.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Michael K. Walonen While globalization is often conceived of in terms of the transnational movement of capital, culture, people, and ideas, in his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James draws attention to a less salubrious form of transnational flow that may also circulate through...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 69–77.
Published: 01 March 2020
...-state. Because of this tension, even if the vocabulary of “Caribbean nationalism” appears to determine debates about the drive to anticolonial sovereignty embedded in the project of federation, veritably “un-national” forms also abound in discourses around both federation projects. This essay highlights...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 39–56.
Published: 01 July 2009
...” mixture stimulates a preference for whiteness, thus reducing the access to power by those deemed black, it simultaneously fuels a rejection for “pure” forms of whiteness as witnessed in the country's celebration of morenidade (brownness). Not all forms of miscegenation are valued in Brazil's myth of...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 72–89.
Published: 01 July 2009
... would hope, but in the new absolutism of `World-American' rule. At a second level, then, this paper seeks to complicate and challenge US planetary ambition by describing what is ultimately an autogenic form of warfare, a declaration within civil society of a war between the US and itself. The pervasive...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 1–20.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Elizabeth Duchanaud With the traditional parameters of what constitutes history and historical event as alienating as colonization itself for the francophone Caribbean, Edouard Glissant argues to historicize alienation by plotting new forms of resistance against domination and oppression, forms...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 35–62.
Published: 01 November 2013
..., Chamoiseau and his fellow writers overhaul the form and stealthily undo assumptions about what the essay can or cannot accomplish. Through examples from Eloge de la créolité , by Chamoiseau, Jean Bernabé, and Raphaël Confiant; Edouard Glissant's Poétique de la Relation and Philosophie de la Relation ; and...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 63–84.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Rhonda Frederick This essay asks, What can a romance novel teach us about being in a Caribbean diaspora? Can this genre offer insight into how Jamaicans living outside of Jamaica come to know themselves as “Jamaican” and as part of a Jamaican diaspora? It tackles these questions by putting the form...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 113–124.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Christina Kullberg In French Caribbean literature, translations from Creole to French, along with the inclusion of Creole orality in novels written in French, constitute a broader form of intracultural translation that expose problematic tensions between sameness and difference. The essay starts by...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 203–212.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Robert Fatton, Jr. The article is a critical examination of Michel-Rolph Trouillot's conceptualization of the Duvalierist regime as a form of totalitarianism. It argues that while the regime was a brutal and extreme form of dictatorship, it was not a totalitarian system. It lacked the bureaucratic...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 22–43.
Published: 01 July 2017
... for his subjects and collective recognition of difficult social realities. This essay argues that the artistic modality and political sensibility displayed in Jerry's graffiti can be productively read as participating in a form of “sympathetic education.” Jerry sees the urban landscape as a classroom...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2012
... archive. His deployment of a formalist practice of representation offers a visual strategy that allows him to evade the many racist and tropicalizing visual clichés and stereotypes that burden North American depictions of the region. Burckhardt's interest in form and surface over content and depth draws...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 103–118.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Rae Ann Meriwether In this essay, Meriwether argues that Erna Brodber's representation of Vodou, spiritism, and blues music in her novel Louisiana illuminates a shared praxis among Afro-diasporic subjects that forms the basis of their viable political community. Using Houston A. Baker Jr.'s theory...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 123–131.
Published: 01 July 2019
... for amplifying the study of imperial and nationalist forms of misrecognition, which Ramírez calls “ghosting.” It also argues that a focus on past and present exercises of power as ghosting may permit a greater understanding of stealthy—if often ambivalent—forms of resistance to empire and nationalism...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 159–171.
Published: 01 March 2018
... Hughes’s Ask Your Mama , the essay then examines media and transportation technologies as vehicles for transnational black solidarity and its attendant static, a form of Glissantian opacity. The essay closes with a comparative reading of Aimé Césaire and Gwendolyn Brooks, proposing parallels in the way...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 35–56.
Published: 01 July 2018
... narratives. These artists rupture the surface of family images to trouble the bourgeois, heteronormative, and colorist scripts that often police the formation of family. The family album is rearranged and marked up; thus it becomes rendered as flesh inscribed with silent narratives. Through different forms...