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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 1–16.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Curdella Forbes This examination of Marlon James's novel The Book of Night Women and a selection of Clovis Brown's newspaper cartoons posits these Jamaican-authored works as texts that instantiate a uniquely Caribbean aesthetics of horror in their response to historical and contemporary events...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2023
... horrors of these modern monuments to the human depravity upon which the capitalist Enlightenment has so cynically depended. You walk through the dank passageways and shadowy chambers accompanied, you palpably sense, by the outraged spirits of generations of the captive dead, and you try to control...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 127–137.
Published: 01 July 2015
... so horrible, so ghastly in its terror, its nostrils flaring with an insane rage, its mane a startled rider on its charging neck, its muscles straining against its skin, death in foamy rivulets streaming from its mouth, eyes wide with horror, and saddled on its thrusting back, the master himself...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 50–63.
Published: 01 November 2015
... is indeed violated, and she describes her sexual torture by the gorille in truly appalling detail in a long monologue. The full horror of this violation, however, lies in the fact that it is both real and performed. Rose declares in her monologue that she is only giving the gorille her body...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 212–218.
Published: 01 March 2010
..., was of those implicated in the1831–32 emancipation war in Jamaica—a war that Ahmed Reid and I had, since 2004, been serializing in the Jamaica Journal4—and this list was inscribed on the monument in Montego Bay. It was a period in which the evidence of the crime of slavery, as represented by the horrors...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 32–41.
Published: 01 October 2008
... the murder, but she only replies, “m pa konnen” (I don’t know). She has managed to get over the past. He is still paralyzed by mourning its horror and insists on seeing Beau Jour as a lost paradise, a place of traumatic memory. The village is marked by a nightmare and fixed in time for Dany, as Haiti...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 131–154.
Published: 01 November 2019
....” Copyright © 2019 by Small Axe, Inc. 2019 José Lezama Lima Julián del Casal modernista poets decolonial poetics Casal could not claim he possessed these reducible impurities, these vast amalgams, that must halt the poet if his work is to border oblivion and the successive horror, while...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 186–197.
Published: 01 March 2021
... Guard journalist Alex Haley. Kunta Kinte, a Gambian Mandinka warrior, is captured into slavery and taken to the American South, where he becomes the first of a long line culminating in Alex, his brothers, and his sister. The book records the horrors of the Middle Passage, the cruelties and deprivations...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 February 2008
... instrument. Murders totalled 469 —— 242 persons were killed by guns and 109 by knives.19 The allusion to the Nazi concentration camps followed by the pitiless inventory of carnage explicitly voices Brathwaite’s horror at the near industrial scale of slaughter convulsing the entire society...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 164–166.
Published: 01 July 2019
... the 19th Century to the Present (2018). Her second book project is tentatively titled “Mountain Indigeneity, Horror, and the Photographic Negative.” S assy R oss is a Saint Lucian American poet living in New York City and a graduate of New York University’s MFA program. Her poems have appeared...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 50–74.
Published: 01 March 2009
... and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror (New York: New York Review of Books, 2004); Seymour M. Hersh, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib (New York: Harper Collins, 2004); S. G. Mestrovic, The Trials of Abu Ghraib: An Expert Witness Account of Shame and Horror...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 40–49.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of possibility, she crafted a freedom dream for the United States and worked conscientiously to make it come true. The dancer and choreographer Donald McKayle recalled seeing Primus perform “Strange Fruit” when he was a high school student: “She was a woman consumed with horror, recoiling from a lynching she...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 86–88.
Published: 01 March 2018
... as an unknowable danger, steeped in barbarism.” 5 The “identitary wall” has given the world “the eternal confrontations between peoples, empires, colonial expansions, the slave trade, the atrocities of American slavery, the unthinkable horrors of the Shoah, and all the known and unknown genocides.” 6...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 162–177.
Published: 01 November 2014
... “those times of horror and barbarism” chronicled in his book, which features an astonishing inventory of the names of well over a hundred French colonists and the horrifying crimes they perpetrated in Saint-Domingue against their human property. 22 King Henri-Christophe, Vastey reminds his Haitian...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 40–51.
Published: 01 September 2005
... that the greatest horror of colonization and slavery was the conversion of persons into property. Dominion over the black was extended to the bed, and the taking of black women by white men was nothing less than a ritual reenactment of the daily pattern of dominance. For Chauvet, in Duvalier’s Haiti light...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 109–123.
Published: 01 September 2005
... recognize that skewing the central perspective lends the event depicted antian eccentric greatness that destroys by horror the normality of a seemingly realistic Hai- background. Hector Hyppolite’s portrait of Henri Christophe (see fi gure 2) did not meet the criteria of taste...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 132–141.
Published: 01 March 2020
... that fails to acknowledge and redeem the suffering of those who were forced to endure such a horror. I propose instead we name it “transatlantic genocide of commodifying Africans” in an effort to address these lacks, even though the goal of slavers was not the annihilation of Africans. 28 To learn...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 175–185.
Published: 01 November 2015
..., the reader undergoes mild shock from the incongruity that adheres between Ligon's self-photographic study (fig. 3.3, 112) and this: “Containing a Full and Faithful Account of his Commodification of the Horrors of Black Life into Art Objects for the Public's Entertainment ” (133; emphasis mine...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 177–187.
Published: 01 November 2012
... or escape.16 There are glimpses of escape in these novels. Two of Trouillot’s characters in Street of Lost Footsteps find a place of solace in each other, in a quiet house on the hill above Port-au- Prince. But the horrors are never gone. The terror they experience “only by hearsay...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 138–142.
Published: 01 July 2015
..., hear that I can speak well, they will know who I am, but my lips won't move. My voice won't come. The dread pulls the children to him. They cluster around him like chicks around a mother hen. The children stare at me in horror, at me, as though I am the Bogey Man of their childhood nightmares...