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Published: 01 July 2022
Figure 1 Wendy Nanan, Idyllic Marriage , 1986. Papier-mâché and acrylic, 21 × 15 × 4 in. Artist’s studio, Port of Spain, 2019. Photograph by the author; used by permission of the artist More
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 100–114.
Published: 01 July 2019
.... In this particular instance, Poui before Rain explores the nikah , the Islamic marriage that allows a man living under Islamic law to marry up to three women in a simple ceremony using two witnesses. Equally, he is allowed to divorce by simply repeating Talaak (I divorce you) three times. The nikah is a largely...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 20–35.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Tzarina T. Prater The central protagonist of Patricia Powell's The Pagoda , Mr. Lowe, is a transgendered figure, a girl named Lau A-yin who is dressed as a boy by her father until she reaches adolescence, when he attempts to sell her into marriage to satisfy debts. She escapes by cutting her hair...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 159–166.
Published: 01 July 2023
... governing sex, marriage, and public dress. The pairing of antisodomy laws and bestiality codes during the early colonial era, Gosine contends, underwrites contemporary attitudes that marginalize a variety of nonheteronormative expressions and continues to influence a collective compulsion to constantly...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 65–80.
Published: 01 November 2020
... Weddings Here and Abroad,” Daily Gleaner , 28 July 1940. See also Molly Huggins, Too Much to Tell (London: Heinemann, 1967), 117. © 2020 Small Axe, Inc. 2020 marriage gender nationalism black families In Jamaica in the 1940s and 1950s, in the aftermath of the unrest of the 1930s...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 233–240.
Published: 01 March 2017
... for the right to enter bathrooms, to live in a home, or even to escape murder. On the same day in June 2015 that the US White House was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate a landmark Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing same-sex marriage across the States, mourners gathered in Charleston, South Carolina...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 178–182.
Published: 01 September 2001
... household, which includes a mother who detests the banality of her marriage and the boredom of motherhood, and a violent, emotionally distant father. Fulani presents a multidimensional struggle against racism at the institutional and social levels; against family dysfunction; and against...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 91–101.
Published: 01 November 2015
...-is-france . The National Front is an institutional partner in the anti–marriage equality movement. 47 “Striving for the effectiveness of the principle of equality”; Conseil des Ministres, “Mariages des couples de personnes de même sexe,” press release, Office of the Prime Minister, 7 November 2012...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 68–80.
Published: 01 July 2017
.... Idyllic Marriage (1987), the exhibition Show of Hands (2005), and the series Queens (2012) might be read as an attempt to engage a culture in viewing its frailties and its progress. “Branded with emblems of colonization and imperialist rule, we are slowly allowing inherent character to emerge and re...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 114–124.
Published: 01 March 2014
... to (Sancher) but what they are running from : the violence and relations of subordination within patriarchal communal structures, that is, the unhappy or abusive marriages and family domesticities that condition and enclose female subject positions within the novel. Condé creates a subtle paradox...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 94–111.
Published: 01 July 2017
... in a game of chance and her marriage was payment of his gambling debt. Through the voiceover the audience becomes privy to the domestic violence her mother endured while married to this husband: in addition to being regularly beaten, even while she was pregnant, she was often exiled from her home and forced...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 124–137.
Published: 01 November 2017
... lack all occasion for custom, ceremony and observances,” with Brathwaite lauding the Tulsi family's ability to coerce Mr. Biswas into marriage with “the child” Shama: “If it was a black household, he might have got away with it, probably got the girl pregnant and got away with that too, without burden...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 69–82.
Published: 01 July 2021
... the ethnic origin, family, language, and their position as a white minority in a largely Negro population. Family is based on marriage, and illegitimacy is a disgrace. There is a marked differentiation of social and economic roles on the basis of gender. There has been a high degree of endogamous marriage...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 48–62.
Published: 01 November 2017
... husband's departure, Mrs. Hanson manages to keep her son on the margins of elite social circles (88). In representing this type of brown middle-class feminine respectability, Dawes divulges the breach of order from the Anglican norm of marriage and domesticity. Ruptured from the conformity of domestic...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 19–36.
Published: 01 October 2006
... of historicity. The ancestor’s own life had been impacted by a series of dislocations when she was forced to escape an unwanted marriage to an old man, and subsequent early widowhood. The narrator’s journeys of memory weave a complicated narrative quilt as Mona attempts to piece together...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 87–104.
Published: 01 October 2006
... shocks both European observers. Like Rochester, Emily Cartwright, also faces the prospect of an arranged marriage back in England. Rochester, however, actually marries white Creole Antoinette and drives her mad by constantly convey- ing his loathing for her hybridity, but Emily...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 118–129.
Published: 01 October 2007
....” She closes the distance between the Caribbean and the United States, neoco- lonial and neoimperial, by showing their shared investment in state homophobic violence: the United States military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and its the Defense of Marriage Act 1993...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 111–119.
Published: 01 September 2003
... that he has someone. A blond Miss Miami whose Cuban parents don’t know that he has a sister who is darker than I am, with frizzier hair, or a Mandingo Indian uncle. But Miss Miami’s parents don’t ask, all they see is his charm and his money. Th ey want the marriage, his boat...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 87–103.
Published: 01 November 2019
... of marriage Dessalines is offering, Marie-Jeanne replies, “I do not want to be the wife of the Governor of a Province. . . . I prefer to be what I want to be. You don’t own me, General Dessalines. Nobody owns me. Slavery is finished” (87). Marie-Jeanne is not against marriage—by act 3 she and Dessalines...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 182–192.
Published: 01 November 2013
... coincided with a lively and extended debate in France over the legal status of same-sex relationships. After months of argument both within government circles and without, on mardi Gras France's lower house of parliament passed a bill intended to legalize same-sex marriage and to allow same-sex couples...