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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 99–110.
Published: 01 November 2010
... exemplifies the troublesome contradictions and lacunae present throughout “Pour une littérature-monde en français.” In reflecting on the contextual paradoxes and ironies that mark the manifesto, I draw attention to the need for greater critical vigilance with respect to the manifold political, geographical...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 33–48.
Published: 01 July 2023
..., and the Closure of Metaphysics (New York: Routledge, 1989). 29 I am thinking here of Jonathan Lear, A Case for Irony (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011); Richard Bernstein, Ironic Life (Cambridge: Polity, 2016); and Nehamas, The Art of Living . 30 See Stuart Hall, “Minimal Selves...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 167–176.
Published: 01 July 2023
... or assemblages of identity cannot exist separately in my own person. By adding to this archive my own reading of the poem “I Want to Bite” by Colin Robinson, I come back to thinking also about my initial consideration of Singh’s Passage from India and the postcolonial irony of reifying the colonial laws...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): v–vii.
Published: 01 September 2005
... of the qualities of that mythical return: a “dead” president, a political phantom, fi nding welcome, solace, and rest in the ancestral homeland. What irony, too, that in embarking Martin Munro and on this passage to Africa, Aristide should...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): viii–xiii.
Published: 01 September 2005
... of the qualities of that mythical return: a “dead” president, a political phantom, fi nding welcome, solace, and rest in the ancestral homeland. What irony, too, that in embarking Martin Munro and on this passage to Africa, Aristide should...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2016
... a massive irony that highlights dialect as an inadequate literary convention.” 16 The object of Dunbar's irony is not only, I think, the representational inadequacy of literary dialect as a textual technology. The poem presents its own medium, by analogy with the book of music, as a weak form not just...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 131–154.
Published: 01 November 2019
... in its novelty and untranslatability, of relishing a favorable moment in poetry, means that poets such as Baudelaire, possessed by a rayon macabre , cannot help but flee into irony or the dignity of tender intelligence. “I have felt the sun tear my breast,” says Baudelaire, “as though it were in mockery...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 172–185.
Published: 01 July 2013
... but of the irony of having been born into that condition. 6 In advancing this case for a continental redefinition of the field, I revisit as instructive a little—and little-known—article produced at the very postwar moment in which Caribbean studies was being institutionalized. The piece, titled “Paths...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 187–198.
Published: 01 July 2016
... government in power and a government headed by, irony of ironies, one of the most respected anticolonial scholars, would men and women risk and lose their lives for an ill-defined cause with the odds stacked against them? The answer I suggested in “NUFF at the Cusp” and again elaborated in my chapter...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 170–178.
Published: 01 September 2004
... their resemblance to something European? It is a sad, mostly overlooked irony that in praising a monument created to celebrate the emancipation of our African ancestors from enslavement by Europeans, some of us should use Europe not only as our frame of reference but also as our standard...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 200–211.
Published: 01 March 2010
..., mortality was also very high. Blacks died not from disease, however, but from mistreatment: it was in these years that the conditions of black life were at their absolute nadir. The greatest irony, of course, about these dreadful demographic conditions is that high white mortality...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 172–176.
Published: 01 March 2003
... end? To no end at all” (p. 67). Neither does she avoid the ironies of the material insignia of her own triumph: she faces him in her large room, furnished with maps and other trophies of the colonizing world, the cartographies of a destiny inscribed beyond words, on black skin. G e one irony...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 177–180.
Published: 01 March 2003
... end? To no end at all” (p. 67). Neither does she avoid the ironies of the material insignia of her own triumph: she faces him in her large room, furnished with maps and other trophies of the colonizing world, the cartographies of a destiny inscribed beyond words, on black skin. G e one irony...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 181–182.
Published: 01 March 2003
... end? To no end at all” (p. 67). Neither does she avoid the ironies of the material insignia of her own triumph: she faces him in her large room, furnished with maps and other trophies of the colonizing world, the cartographies of a destiny inscribed beyond words, on black skin. G e one irony...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 173–179.
Published: 01 July 2014
... the collective joy of the assembled dancers. Henriques is cognizant of the irony of making this argument for the significance and intelligence of black sonic bodies through frequent recourse to “classical Greek geometry, philosophy and grammar” ( SB , 275). And he is not intimidated by decolonial criticisms...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (1): 64–79.
Published: 01 March 2005
.... 7733 develops between Lucy, the novel’s protagonist, and her white employer, Mariah, sug- gests a new willingness to engage with liberalism and feminism. Nevertheless, Kincaid’s characteristic irony qualifi es the glowing depiction of white liberal feminism as rep- ssmallmall...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 155–163.
Published: 01 November 2011
... in a political landscape that is often reduced by outsiders to mere populism. In one of the many ironies found in Haiti’s history, in the Haiti of the 1930s the appeal of Communism was chiefly to the country’s foreign-educated elite, who returned home determined totry and change...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 109–117.
Published: 01 March 2015
... attachment to a particular time and place, the specific details that he expects his audience to recognize and within this, his playfulness and irony. This difficulty emerges during the translation of his work. In “Thinking the Diaspora,” “freedom rides,” mentioned as a metaphoric narrative of liberation...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 84–92.
Published: 01 November 2009
... necessity of producing protest work, of warning about the new world of which we are a veritable laboratory, and the desire to let the little boy on the beach express himself. So, between the two, irony and derision took hold. Often, I give up—associating the work with the material and tools necessary...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 22–39.
Published: 01 March 2013
... “all trussed up like the women in Chic,” raises the possibility that the subtlety Rodgers's and Edwards's politics of irony and restraint demanded limited—or was read as being antagonistic to—the performative agency of some of the black women with whom they worked. 12 In this light...