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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...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 7–23.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Nadia Ellis This article provides a set of readings toward what I am calling a “queer performance hermeneutic” of dancehall culture. It argues that although dancehall appears to be rigidly heteronormative, there are modes of queer performance within its culture, modes that may even be enabled by...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 1–16.
Published: 01 November 2017
... urban sketel . 21 I read this amalgam as one way of making a genealogical link between the slave ancestor and the contemporary female. © Small Axe, Inc. 2017 horror femaleness heteronormativity citizenship postcolonial futures Marlon James and Clovis Brown are two very individual...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 179–188.
Published: 01 November 2016
...”), in his unsuccessful attempt to marshal the votes to return to the presidency. 1 The references to Mejía's slogan are a useful point of departure to explore the conditions for the resilience of traditional modalities of patriarchal and heteronormative masculinity in Dominican politics and...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 20–35.
Published: 01 March 2012
... moment of “possibility” with the “trans” subject intervenes in heteronormative discourses of diaspora, history, and memory. I use the terms trans subject and transgender somewhat interchangeably in this essay for two specific reasons: first, to suggest movement or rather fluidity...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 233–240.
Published: 01 March 2017
... heteronormative values in Jamaica in September 2015 appealed to love and family values. But what if being violent or eliciting disgust also entitles one to humanity, citizenship, or whatever else is on offer? This is how I am reading the character of Weeper in James's novel. James himself—despite himself, I...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2010
..., heteronormativity, choice, and agency. Attending this construct has been a liberal and social- ist class rendering of Caribbean female subjectivity as poor and black, which as Barriteau has noted, “obscure[s] the effects of gendered power relations on differing constituents of women.”38 In other...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 130–138.
Published: 01 October 2007
... adjustment—the shrinking of public services in order to conform to IMF and World Bank demands. Decreasing sovereignty in the economic arena, Alexander contends, is accompanied by more surveillance in the moral arena, where governments feel they can be effective. Heteronormativity, and specifically...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 147–158.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Spiller's powerfully demonstrates, do matter to our concerns for freedom and the fulsome exercise of human agency or our valued capability sets. 10 Moreover, the state—as M. Jacqui Alexander and others have argued—is a key purveyor of an ideology and praxis of a racialized heteronormativity. 11...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 155–166.
Published: 01 November 2019
... intervenes and interrupts a teleological narrative that demands and stipulates a heteronormative line of social development and recognition that equates succession, in Halberstam’s phrase, with “success.” 37 Interrupting that imperial/colonial narrative that would bridge the gap between the European...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 83–96.
Published: 01 July 2010
... meta- phors which stress the performativity of identity and challenge heteronormativity.13 Walcott, genealogically Julien’s predecessor in the sense of being an artist whose “origin” is St. Lucia but who has transcended his origin, affords Julien “the historically revisable...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 62–79.
Published: 01 November 2011
... draw on the insights of queer theorists who challenge the heteronormative framing of the sexual subject and who deconstruct prevailing conceptualizations of sexuality. If, as Paul Farmer suggests in AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame, “stigma is always socially constructed...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 63–67.
Published: 01 July 2017
... Indo-Afro racial antagonism and to postcolonial, patriarchal heteronormative nationalism: What is the relationship between these two men, dressed in similar white outfits, pouring water together, placing flowers in jars? Affirming this demand for a fuller representation of indentureship and its...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 142–151.
Published: 01 March 2020
... marginalized in the current organization of white supremacist heteronormative classist patriarchy. As we see the advance of studies focusing on peoples of African descent in this hemisphere, we are simultaneously witnessing the continuing strength of black feminist studies to now include black girlhood studies...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 92–112.
Published: 01 March 2016
... constitutive part of genre. 8 While it may be tempting to read “Caliban's woman” as a heteronormative and patriarchal slippage, it is perhaps more productive to view it as gesturing toward the racialized inequality of love that Averil Clarke reveals based on empirical data from heterosexual black women's...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 124–137.
Published: 01 November 2017
... that although she has secured the legal marriage that eluded her own mother, she has married badly. Her husband divides his pay “among his family, his sweethearts and his alcohol” (10)—perhaps as the psychic cost of black heteronormative masculinity, here read as failure. Manley's earliest memories of...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 219–231.
Published: 01 July 2018
... imagine men desiring men, beyond a heteronormative frame that seems to read it only as lack, as something that men “have historically done without women” (88). Glimpses of Sujaria’s life in British Guiana also offer us possibilities of intimacy, of relationality beyond an assumed nuclearity. We learn that...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 120–131.
Published: 01 March 2020
... deemed to be the nation’s mothers appear here and there, the contributions of the white or near-white, “respectable” (i.e., heteronormative), island-bound (i.e., not diasporic) national patriarchs are more regularly foregrounded in Puerto Rico’s public spaces. Consequential individuals of bygone eras who...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 197–208.
Published: 01 July 2011
... choose and refuse male sexual partners? Because scholars do not consider “queer female desire and agency,” they “stop short of fully exploring the linkages between the legisla- tion of heteronormativity, the disciplining of female sexuality, and the consolidation of colonial...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 114–124.
Published: 01 March 2014
...-distance relationship with Carlos, and “odd,” his disidentification with Haiti as his nation or “family.”) Further still, he befriends instead the hauntingly errant and Guadeloupean Xantippe. In other words, instead of identifying with the heteronormative family and metonymically with his nation of origin...