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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 188–202.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Edna Acosta-Belén This commentary is inspired to a large degree, but not solely, by literary critic Vanessa Pérez-Rosario's remarkable book Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon . Aiming to undertake a historical and critical engagement with some aspects of Pérez-Rosario's...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 75–85.
Published: 01 July 2012
... the significance of its publication venue. Donnell attends to Baugh's own standing in the highly charged field of Caribbean literary criticism as a critic of both Walcott and Naipaul, and acknowledges his creative contribution to this field as a poet. She also considers how, in the years between the original...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 133–148.
Published: 01 June 2008
... but also a pithy commentary on the structure of the nation-state, meaning all nation-states, not only the polity of Haiti. The text was consequently misread by literary critics whose stereotype of Haitians and belief in nationalism influenced their mean-spirited dismissals of the novel. This paper rereads...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 177–187.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of literary criticism surrounding French Caribbean and Haitian literature, and draws on her approach to analyze a selection of novels by Lyonel Trouillot. © 2012 by Small Axe, Inc. 2012 Haiti’s Traces Laurent Dubois Kaiama L. Glover’s Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 142–150.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Vanessa Pérez-Rosario; Antonio López In this interview, Cuban poet Nancy Morejón talks about her early work, her involvement with Ediciones El Puente, her poetry publishing hiatus from 1967 to 1979, and her literary criticism on the work of Nicolás Guillén. (In Spanish; an English translation...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 188–198.
Published: 01 November 2012
... to extrapolate the importance of Glover’s book beyond this key aim. Canon formation is at the heart of what we choose to study when tackling any literature. As for literary criticism of a postcolonial bent, in which stated aims are nearly always either to read canonical works differently or to choose new...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 11–21.
Published: 01 March 2020
... the range of linguistic practices found in writing from the Caribbean because the region’s range of political organizations does not correspond to the histories assumed by scholars of European literary multilingualism. Furthermore, this perspective risks assuming that multilingualism is inherently critical...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 104–118.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Nalini Mohabir; Ronald Cummings This interview provides a rich account of Frank Birbalsingh’s experiences from his early life in colonial British Guiana in the early part of the twentieth century to his continuing work as a literary scholar and critic in diaspora. What is also revealed...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 1–20.
Published: 01 November 2010
... continuums and criticism, offers a literary approach to these blue savannahs. Small Axe, Inc. 2010 The Blue Savannahs of Memory: André and Simone Schwarz-Bart’s Un plat de porc aux bananes vertes Elizabeth Duchanaud If I let my pen go, I would say, like everyone: an event just happened in my...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 48–62.
Published: 01 November 2017
... above. 3 Returning to a corpus of Jamaican writings, twelve novels and one memoir, I examine the heterogeneous nature of the decade's literary pessimisms to argue for a sensibility of radical skepticisms that utilized critical distance to cast doubt on the past, the present, and the very idea...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 83–90.
Published: 01 July 2021
.... No”; Morejón, Nación y mestizaje , 181. 23 Brent Hayes Edwards, “The Uses of Diaspora,” Social Text 66, no. 19, vol. 1 (2001): 66. © Small Axe, Inc. 2021 Afro-Cuban women literary criticism racial identity Cuban Revolution This special section on Nancy Morejón’s Nación y...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 75–85.
Published: 01 July 2023
... in Brathwaite’s Masks as well as its invocation of contemporary Ghanaian poets, colonial ethnographers, and West African philosophers. 9 Though it was possible for literary critics to analyze Masks without addressing at least one crucial axis of resources (and to do so without loss of academic credibility...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 62–76.
Published: 01 March 2019
... mostly confined itself to what might be called the “respectably literary”: texts deemed to have, or to aspire to, a degree of aesthetic merit. Very little, if any, critical attention has been paid to the small but coherent body of texts that engage the Jamaican 1970s in a popular-fiction mode. This essay...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 123–137.
Published: 01 November 2016
... established Fernández Retamar as the premier literary critic of the Cuban Revolution, an honor previously held by José Antonio Portuondo, thus passing the torch from an older generation to a younger one that came of age with the success of the Castro government. Calibán also propelled this author onto...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 124–144.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Gordon Rohlehr This essay, an extract from a longer two-hundred-page manuscript, traces the author’s literary friendship with Kamau Brathwaite from their first meeting in 1968 to Brathwaite’s passing in 2020. It relies on correspondence over fifty years, memories of meetings, and critical responses...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 28–36.
Published: 01 November 2018
... fifteenth anniversary in 2018 and is increasingly defining itself as a cultural center for the production and celebration of diverse literary voices. Alongside his endeavors to foster the values of human dignity through literature, Saint-Éloi has forged his own literary career, primarily through poetry...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 77–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of the PNP’s execution of its vision and, critically, of the Jamaican population itself, from these literary perspectives. With the PNP’s defeat in 1980, race and class relations quickly reverted to the status quo position of white (light) economic power/black subservience. The year would signify not only...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 45–62.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Michael Hanchard In addition to providing some conceptual and theoretical cues from fiction, literary and visual criticism, history, and philosophy that treat the subject of memory, this paper provides an outline of a critical method to distinguish among various deployments of black memory...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 186–198.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Nadège T. Clitandre Examining Greg Beckett’s 2019 There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince , this critical essay explores the notion of radical hope in the midst of tragedy and crisis in Haiti. It attempts to reframe the idea of hope from the perspective of a Haitian...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 1–21.
Published: 01 November 2011
... foreclosure; as such, it complicates Peter Hallward's and Chris Bongie's recent criticisms of the ideological and philosophical turn to autonomous “singularity” in contemporary postcolonialism. In Texaco , the “singular” experiences of Martinique's “wasted lives” prove to serve not as a retreat from universal...