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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 142–162.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Annie Paul In contemporary Jamaica, funerals increasingly revolve around fantasy coffins and designer caskets. This paper attempts to marshal visual and textual information describing recent developments in Jamaican funerals with a view to recording attempts by the Jamaican underclasses to produce...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 212–218.
Published: 01 March 2010
... and introducing audi- ences to the cultural rituals of the enslaved, including slave funerals. I recall how amused my students were when they first heard Ebenezer’s funeral sermon, “Dea Belubbed.”3 It was a period in which controversy reigned over the plans to observe the bicentennial (with many wanting...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 111–117.
Published: 01 July 2010
... . . . the funeral . . . can’t afford to feed myself. Face down . . . hot street, ma’am . . . an we know the bwoy . . . grow side a we...
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Small Axe (2024) 28 (1 (73)): 39–56.
Published: 01 March 2024
... was a goddess. His funeral was the mystical reunion with the earth. He created on the plot a folk culture—the basis of a social order.” 25 It is no surprise, then, that this was the space that Berryman envisioned as the locus of enslaved family life. One of the only pieces in his archive that includes...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 177–183.
Published: 01 July 2017
... in her parents' house? Seen family photos? God, had he gone to her right after Mom's funeral? Adah took the documents from the doctor, nodded, signed them, and mumbled her thanks. An attendant took her to a large, cold metallic room full of gurneys in neatly arranged rows, each bearing a body covered...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 103–118.
Published: 01 November 2012
... attempt to appropriate the community’s history for governmental purposes. Shortly after Ella’s arrival, Mammy dies, and at her funeral Ella has visions and goes into convulsions. The black community in this rural parish, including Ella’s soon-to-be-husband Reuben (also a student...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 18–32.
Published: 01 July 2023
... of intelligibility. Brodber leaves us with this cyclical process that precedes and surpasses her own words, and as the narrator might reflect, “in her the circle was complete: the end linked with the beginning and was even the beginning” (102). Brodber reinforces this implication when at Conut’s funeral...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 124–144.
Published: 01 March 2022
... work, I awaited news about the structure of the “Official Funeral.” This news came on Thursday, 13 February. The funeral was carded for Friday, 21 February, at James St. Methodist Church, Bridgetown. My eulogy, the last of nine tributes, was to be seven minutes. Aaron Kamugisha, who on Thursday, 27...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 147–158.
Published: 01 March 2018
... SX55 [ 3.2018 ] 153 Figure 7. Cupids Cay Funeral; Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, circa 1950s 154 [ Roland Rose ] In Transition: The Bahamas at Mid-Century SX55 [ 3.2018 ] 155...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 147–162.
Published: 01 July 2020
... matter-of-factly exploring possibilities for a post-ELA Puerto Rico. 25 During this period many began to talk openly about “la muerte del ELA” (the death of the commonwealth). This was accompanied by staged funeral processions, the display of Puerto Rican flags recast in black and white...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 102–107.
Published: 01 March 2022
... Pathfinder: Black Awakening in “The Arrivants” of Kamau Brathwaite . 10 A week later on 21 February, the day of Kamau’s funeral, I put on tidalectical blue in keeping with my emotions; I was feeling blue as I made my way to James Street Methodist Church in Bridgetown to be a pallbearer at Kamau’s funeral...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (1 (15)): 235–241.
Published: 01 March 2004
...: going for gold (3)—Roshini Kempadoo, April 2000 Page 238 Virtual Exiles: from the edge (4)—Roshini Kempadoo, April 2000 Page 239 (Photographs top from left to right) Courtesy of the Fr. Darke Archives, Georgetown, Guyana—circa 1970s Walter Rodney’s funeral 1980—courtesy of WPA archives...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 182–192.
Published: 01 November 2013
... and funeral for Vaval, the huge papier-mâché effigy that represents the spirit of Carnival on the island. On Ash Wednesday, when the focus of the celebration shifts to Vaval's effigy, it also shifts to the big debates of the day. The creators, through forms of exaggerated parody, craft each year's Vaval...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 1–23.
Published: 01 July 2022
... of quiet reflection in the middle of a raucous funeral celebration where the mourners—a cross-section of Puerto Rican rural society, from the country priest to the farm hands, servants, and itinerant musicians—seem more concerned with the festivities and the roast pig than with the child. 24...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 135–141.
Published: 01 November 2010
... were our true competitors in strength and size, but their chief, Lafaille Hans, died a week ago. He spent the night dancing, ate a little mango, and dropped dead. All the Lanceurs de Corde from the town, hundreds of us, went to the funeral and did a performance...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 223–236.
Published: 01 July 2013
.... This shifting of gears revealed a stranger hidden inside her husband. When she was a child, she'd once slept the whole night with a garden lizard under the blanket. It had made her feel ill to think of the lizard heating up from her warmth. The casket will go to the funeral home, she heard him say, I'm signing...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 84–92.
Published: 01 November 2009
... on a low base. My effigies, although made with various fabrics coming from different regions of the world, did not exude much humanity. I found them rigid and the end result did not satisfy me. In successive steps, I reduced them to the format of a funeral doll, katchina-like, the number...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 74–83.
Published: 01 November 2009
... in the presentation of this event was the emphasis placed on French agency, to the detriment of an appreciation of the importance of Césaire as a poet and politician: the focus continually came back to the state funeral, to the attempt to “pantheonize” Césaire, and even to the changing of the airport’s name...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 141–147.
Published: 01 July 2014
... on a table with her golden skin like a trophy, reading English and Education in that cousin-&-cousin-make-dozen world of close blood. She would return from those funerals in dark clothes, alone and shaken, with a leaflet dropping delicately from her hand. Shrugging off another relative for us as she...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 153–163.
Published: 01 July 2012
... the potcakes wasting away beneath parked trucks, like the women in supermarkets with last night's curlers still tangled in their hair. The city's blindness drops away, the grief I have pulled into myself drops away and the world I once knew appears. On the road we pass three funerals. I know...