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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 June 2007) 11 (2): 163–176.
Published: 01 June 2007
... Haitian Novels and Novels of Haiti: History, Haitian Writing, and Madison Smartt Bell’s Trilogy Martin Munro Ab s t r a c t : This essay reads Madison Smartt Bell’s Haitian trilogy in the context of contemporary Haitian literature, and considers why Haitian writers have tended not...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2013) 17 (3 (42)): 89–99.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Justin Izzo This essay examines the roles played by ethnographic writing and translation in Raphaël Confiant's 1994 L'allée des soupirs . This novel fictionalizes the 1959 riots in Martinique while simultaneously creating characters who debate the relative merits of modes of expression capable of...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 February 2008) 12 (1): 105–120.
Published: 01 February 2008
...Ian Gregory Strachan Small Axe Incorporated 2008 Diary of Souls (Excerpt from the novel Diary of Souls) Ian Gregory Strachan “39 Haitians Buried in a Mass Grave” On a tiny, uninhabited Bahama cay, 39 Haitians were laid to rest in a mass grave facing the sea. Two brief...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2009) 13 (2): 95–106.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Evelyn O'Callaghan With reference to a little known nineteenth century novel by an Antiguan creole woman, With Silent Tread (c1890), this paper examines the different ways in which female creole whiteness is constructed in the West Indies and in England. Paradoxically, “transcultural whiteness...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2010) 14 (3 (33)): 21–32.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Mary Gallagher Milan Kundera's claims In L'Art du roman (1986) that the European novel subsumes the American novel are implicitly contradicted by Édouard Glissant's study of `le roman des Amériques' in Le Discours antillais (1981). In Les Testaments trahis (1993), although Kundera relativizes the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2013) 17 (2 (41)): 123–135.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Kelly Baker Josephs “See you there. In the free.” This is the closing statement in Erna Brodber's fourth novel, The Rainmaker's Mistake (2007). In the novel, Brodber creatively imagines a past for the New World present, taking advantage of the space literary speculation and science fiction offer to...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2014) 18 (1 (43)): 114–124.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Christopher Ian Foster This essay considers Maryse Condé's Guadeloupean mystery novel Crossing the Mangrove as emblematic of a “politics of crossing.” The novel's queer critical praxis presents a rigorous challenge to normative (often oppressive) communities embodied by the individual, the family...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2013) 17 (3 (42)): 113–124.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Christina Kullberg In French Caribbean literature, translations from Creole to French, along with the inclusion of Creole orality in novels written in French, constitute a broader form of intracultural translation that expose problematic tensions between sameness and difference. The essay starts by...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 June 2008) 12 (2): 133–148.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Marlene Daut; Karen Richman All Men Are Mad , by Philippe Thoby-Marcelin and Pierre Marcelin, is set during the antisuperstition campaign in Haiti, which was led by the French Catholic Church during the 1940s. The Marcelin brothers' novel was not only a devastating critique of religious persecution...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 February 2008) 12 (1): 57–76.
Published: 01 February 2008
...Shirley Toland-Dix Sylvia Wynter's 1962 novel, The Hills of Hebron , is both a narrative of the nation and critique of the extant vision of the nation. Writing her novel from the perspective of a theorist, Wynter introduces insights and concepts that she has since developed in her extensive body of...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2013) 17 (3 (42)): 63–84.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Rhonda Frederick This essay asks, What can a romance novel teach us about being in a Caribbean diaspora? Can this genre offer insight into how Jamaicans living outside of Jamaica come to know themselves as “Jamaican” and as part of a Jamaican diaspora? It tackles these questions by putting the form...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2011) 15 (3 (36)): 108–114.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Celia Britton In this personal tribute to Glissant Britton describes some of the most resonant themes of his novels (the idea of changing while still remaining, the significance of place, and his exploration of madness) and the “opaque” poetic characteristics of his style, which extend from the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2012) 16 (1 (37)): 20–35.
Published: 01 March 2012
... identity maintained for the next forty years. This essay situates the novel and the character Lowe within contemporary scholarship on migration, nation, and “transing,” and argues that Powell's novel interrogates the relationships between the body, nation, history, and memory. Lowe is a figure who, similar...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2012) 16 (1 (37)): 36–52.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Clare Counihan Counter to many of the critical readings of Breath, Eyes, Memory , this essay argues that Sophie Caco does not in fact succeed in speaking for herself in the novel's final scene, reflecting the text's ambivalent desire to formulate a Haitian identity that will both testify to Haitian...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 June 2007) 11 (2): 177–183.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Laurent Dubois This essay discusses the ways in which Madison Smartt Bell's novel The Stone That the Builder Refused represents the history of the Haitian Revolution, and particularly the figure of Toussaint Louverture. It argues that the novel engages usefully with the problem of how we can and...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2012) 16 (3 39): 90–102.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Jenny Sharpe Erna Brodber's historical interest in oral accounts as a source of emotional realities and social-psychological responses is expanded in her experimental novel Louisiana to include supernatural and extra-ordinary phenomena. Her incorporation of spirit possession into the life...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2012) 16 (3 39): 103–118.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Rae Ann Meriwether In this essay, Meriwether argues that Erna Brodber's representation of Vodou, spiritism, and blues music in her novel Louisiana illuminates a shared praxis among Afro-diasporic subjects that forms the basis of their viable political community. Using Houston A. Baker Jr.'s theory...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2012) 16 (3 39): 119–125.
Published: 01 November 2012
... makes their heads hurt, they are not alone; even Brodber's colleagues have said this. Brodber takes this opportunity to speak to this “head-hurting,” confessing that much of this difficulty was designed as part of her methodology. She examines each of her published novels and explores the changes in her...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2018) 22 (1 (55)): 103–114.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Dominique Chancé This essay discusses Éloge de la créolité and Patrick Chamoiseau’s novels and later texts, arguing that créolité , or creoleness, is far more complex and ambiguous than its critics have hitherto assumed. It is not confined to the Creole language but can be expressed in French, as...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2018) 22 (1 (55)): 115–125.
Published: 01 March 2018
... of writing, the analysis starts by examining what the author calls the regime of visibility and its ontological implications in the 1989 manifesto Éloge de la créolité . This then serves as a basis for a close reading of Patrick Chamoiseau’s 2009 novel Les neuf consciences du Malfini , narrated from...