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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 115–127.
Published: 01 November 2009
... of an Artistic Language in Martinique Patricia Donatien-Yssa While the late 1970s in Martinique were hardly the halcyon days for the plastic arts—paint- ing, sculpture, and installations—music, which had always been a part of the people’s tradi- tions and accompanied the country’s history, continued...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (1): 59–76.
Published: 01 March 2002
...Nadi Edwards Small Axe Incorporated 2002 George Lamming’s Literary Nationalism: Language between The Tempest and the Tonelle Nadi Edwards o change your language you must change your life,” Derek Walcott writes, sum- ming up, with epigrammatic precision, the perennial...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 61–79.
Published: 01 June 2006
...Maria Cristina Fumagalli; Peter L. Patrick Small Axe Incorporated 2006 Two Healing Narratives: Suffering, Reintegration, and the Struggle of Language Maria Cristina Fumagalli and Peter L. Patrick Obviously, when you enter language you enter a kind of choice which contains...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 215–225.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Carolyn Cooper The cantankerous public discourse generated by the author’s bilingual newspaper columns published in the Jamaica Observer (May 1993 to January 1998) and the Jamaica Gleaner (March 2013 to the present) illustrates the conservative, neocolonial language ideology that still prevails...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 107–114.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Monchoachi In relating to language (in the poetic relating to language) listening precedes the “answer,” for it is the condition of the “answer well.” And the “answer well” by the poet, who stands face to face with the word that language speaks, is an “answer” that is accorded , that is attentive...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 11–21.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Shawn C. Gonzalez Language conflict is a common feature of Caribbean literary production, but multilingual experimentation can be obscured by the scholarly organization of the region into blocs defined by colonial languages. Recent attention to literary multilingualism in comparative literature...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 17–34.
Published: 01 July 2020
..., since it captures languages in transit toward other languages and other contexts, creolization embodies the points of contact among what Naoki Sakai calls the “uncountable languages within the literary texts,” unlocking novel ideas of language and literature. The essay offers “translational reading...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 115–127.
Published: 01 July 2018
... spitfire” in English-language films, in the Dominican Republic her image as an international celebrity helped to further promote the national-popular homogenizing ideology of the Rafael Trujillo regime that upheld a distorted notion of democracy that negated racial and class differences. Accordingly...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 92–97.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Lowell Fiet Work on Sargasso as an independent journal of Caribbean literature, language, and culture began at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in 1983. After a successful, but not uncomplicated, launching of its first issue in 1984, the journal received support and contributions from important...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 52–63.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Nadève Ménard French is usually referred to as an elite language in the context of Haiti. By contrast, Haitian Creole is acknowledged as the language of the people. In this essay, Nadève Ménard argues that it is crucial to move beyond this simplistic paradigm. While the Caribbean is generally...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 90–106.
Published: 01 November 2014
... which literary expression negotiates between the primary languages of the region. In reading for the translative, writing that works between vernaculars or Creoles and dominant European languages, we can identify a distinctly Caribbean mode of expression. In this essay, translative analyses of Derek...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 237–245.
Published: 01 November 2023
..., to the transcriptions and parodies of White Caribbean elites, and to the increasing use in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries of Creole by Brown and Black Caribbean writers and performers. Slowly, the language shifted from being a marker of cultural inferiority to a medium for signaling cultural authenticity...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 226–236.
Published: 01 November 2023
... in the anglophone context. The lively, well-written book reveals how multiple constituencies have contributed culturally to the unique Caribbean language variants that refashioned the English language and enriched global literature. smnair@umich.edu Edmondson Belinda , Creole Noise: Early Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 100–107.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Grégory Pierrot This essay presents and studies five different words used in French to express the notion of Blackness . The five words analyzed— nègre , noir , black , renoi , and négro —entered the French language between the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade in the sixteenth century...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 218–228.
Published: 01 July 2009
... think about ways of knowing (including subject positions, relationships, disciplines) in the Caribbean? How do we best think about ways of writing Caribbean culture (literary modes, social science modes), the languages needed to express what Bilby calls the “ineffable”? To what extent and in what ways...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 17–32.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Marie Meudec The purpose of this essay is to understand the language of spiritual work and healing in St. Lucia as well as the moral impregnation of the term obeah . This ethnographic study of ordinary ethics of obeah explores the significant gap between the designation and auto-legitimation...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 141–150.
Published: 01 March 2017
... also looks at her interest in video installations and how this visual space and language challenges the audience to connect in a deeper sense to the other. The visual language I create confuses and moves beyond dichotomies and hierarchies associated with identity while also acknowledging cultural...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 69–77.
Published: 01 November 2010
... considers the case of Haitian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, and suggests that this, one of the oldest Francophone literary traditions, can be thought of as a precursor to “littérature-monde.” Focusing on questions of language, style, and relationships with the metropole, the paper situates...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 39–61.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Elvira Pulitano This interview addresses some of the most important issues explored in the fiction and nonfiction of Edwidge Danticat, such as migration, exile, home, language, Dyaspora, and the connection between stories and human rights action. The interview also discusses Danticat's activist...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 125–137.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Emily A. Maguire In 1943, Cuban writer Lydia Cabrera published a Spanish translation of Aimé Césaire's poem Notebook of a Return to the Native Land with illustrations by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam. The translation introduced the concept of Négritude to a Cuban and Spanish-language readership...