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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 32–48.
Published: 01 November 2016
... blocs. The field needs to help us address the following problems: relying on the insular metaphor to name a region whose population in large part inhabits continental land masses; making pan-Caribbean claims based on the knowledge (often partial) of only one linguistic zone; uncritically embracing...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 80–99.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Tatiana Flores; Michelle Stephens This essay argues for an archipelagic approach to the twenty-first-century visual arts of the insular Caribbean. While it is common for scholars to stress the region's heterogeneity, the authors seek out thematic continuities in the art of the Caribbean islands...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 8–26.
Published: 01 July 2013
... of creolization as a defining regional process, constructions of the Caribbean as expressive of insular mentalities and moods, and the deprioritizing of the visual as an emblematic Caribbean art form. Unpacking each of these assumptions—the ways Caribbean studies is imbricated within and articulated through area...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 21–31.
Published: 01 November 2016
..., 2011); Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Caribe Two Ways: Cultura de la migración en el Caribe insular hispánico (San Juan, PR: Callejón, 2003); and Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement (New York: Palgrave, 2010). 23 See Herlihy-Mera...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 160–167.
Published: 01 June 2008
... to drift off course, driven by the seemingly inescapable need to accept and adhere to the discourse of otherness and alterity, which is as pervasively perverse and Eurocentric as the practices he wants to combat in the name of “intellectual self-defense” (105). Moreover, while he calls for metaphors...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 87–95.
Published: 01 March 2020
... grounded itself in peasant and working-class experience as a means of metaphorically taking possession of a landscape that, in so many instances, was symbolic of the material dispossession of the colonized. This is the context in which we might more comprehensively understand Lamming’s assertion, “Soil...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 86–88.
Published: 01 March 2018
... in the way it seemed to limit creoleness to a fixed set of preoccupations: Creole language, the legacies of the plantation, and a form of cultural insularity that lessened its potential political impact. In the introduction to part 1, Celia Britton and I wondered about the future of créolité and whether...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 180–188.
Published: 01 February 2006
... island of Hispaniola with fi ve centuries of human experience as his unit of analysis, convinced that a contra- puntal narrative will reveal the intricately interlaced history of the whole insular system. Rejecting single country studies on either side of the border and taking issue...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 64–77.
Published: 01 November 2014
... Pedreira who, controvertibly, anticipated the cultural implications of the island's divided loyalties. The title of his foundational 1934 book Insularismo ( Insularity ) was a term he coined to describe the Puerto Rican subject's position, caught in an irreconcilable frontier or shipwrecked...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 161–173.
Published: 01 October 2006
... that the violence in dancehall music is better understood as a metaphorical and lyrical game that 1. See Carolyn Cooper, “Slackness Hiding from Culture,” Jamaica Journal 22, no. 4 (1989): 12–31; 23, no. 1 (1990): 44–52. small axe 21 • October 2006 • p 161–173 • ISSN 0799-0537 162 | SX21 • Clashing...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 166–176.
Published: 01 November 2012
... “poetics.” What then does the relationship between poverty and poetics look like for those writers who stayed, who were born into and cannot leave, or chose to stay within, the insularity of Haiti under Duvalier, and of Haiti after Duvalier: a Haiti spinning ever-more into material...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 185–193.
Published: 01 November 2019
... the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries might propel more endeavors in Caribbean book history and critical bibliography, with reprints to come. 4 But most importantly, it seems to me that the concept-metaphor in question maintains a complicated relationship to Caribbean philosophies of history, as well...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 1–16.
Published: 01 July 2019
... to the insularity emphasized in the discourse around islands, archipelagic studies begins with the fluid geography of archipelagoes. An archipelago is most simply defined as landmasses grouped together by water. Yet as Brian Russell Roberts and Michelle Stephens trace, the Greek Arcipelago originally functioned...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 211–219.
Published: 01 March 2017
... and the more historically grounded use of creolization in the anglophone world. After outlining the various criticisms of the Éloge expressed in the author's 1995 essay “Shadowboxing in the Mangrove” (coauthored by Sally Price), it sketches in a history of the use of the creolization metaphor in the anglophone...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 179–190.
Published: 01 June 2008
... • Silvio Torres-Saillant | 181 failings she identifies in it. She terms those failings “troubling blindspots,” which she encapsu- lates in my ill-advised “metaphorical deployment of Caliban . . . as a regional trope for political leadership” and the role I assign to “the diaspora as a utopian...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 22–35.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Drabinski argues that within Glissant’s work, the Caribbean “is simultaneously local—hemispheric, specifically historical, particular in its memories—and global—the crossroads of the world, from the beginning.” 3 Thus thinking with and through the Caribbean and the sea, as metaphor and as material...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 35–62.
Published: 01 November 2013
... the coincidence of the mundane and the marvelous, through “démesure biblique” can a narrative begin to accede to the real. 62 Writing and the fluid register are highly conjugable, particularly in the case of Biblique , which puts the marqueur de paroles in an insular space, a metaphor for the aloneness...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 177–187.
Published: 01 November 2012
... points out that such differences can be exaggerated—and certainly cannot serve as excuses not to grapple with Haitian literary production: “While Haiti is perhaps unique in many ways, it’s insular literacy rates are of little relevance given that the primary readership for work from...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 20–36.
Published: 01 March 2015
... geographies as examples of chaos theory diverge: Glissant and Harris are relatively focused on specific places—Diamond Rock off Martinique's southern coast and the interior of Guyana's forests, respectively—whereas Benítez-Rojo tends to reference the sea as a general source of metaphor. Despite...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 199–207.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of potential and even optimism the zombie narrative sustains at its core.11 Although certainly an “old” narrative, the zombie (myth, metaphor) allows the theorist to better comprehend the originality and insightfulness of the broader Spiralist praxis. The commitment to unresolved...