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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 144–153.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Christer Petley This essay offers a critical appraisal of Nicholas Draper's The Price of Emancipation. Draper's book enhances our understanding of the processes by which enslaved people in the British Empire gained juridical freedom during the 1830s, and in its focus on absentee slaveholders living...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 175–185.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Marc Matera Through a combination of critical memoir and family history, Hazel V. Carby’s Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands offers an intimate history of empire—an excavation of close connections across space and time, of empire’s presence in the most intimate spaces and relationships, and...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 59–77.
Published: 01 July 2011
...D. Alissa Trotz While discussions of transnational migration now offer rich studies of the embodied transgression of territorial boundaries, empirical investigations in the social sciences have largely tended to be preoccupied with the relations sustained between origin/home/departure and...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 164–173.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Leah Rosenberg Faith Smith's Creole Recitations offers a feminist critique and compelling alternative to the dominant narratives of Trinidadian and black nationalism. Smith's analysis of Thomas's participation in the anglophone Caribbean public sphere of the late nineteenth century makes visible...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 1–21.
Published: 01 November 2011
... “specificity” but rather as a basis for such relation, offering a sophisticated poetic articulation of how an open community grounded not on identity but on strategic alliance might look. It is precisely in a moment of defeat, or failure, at a time defined by “living without an alternative,” that Texaco...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 20–36.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Jeannine Murray-Román In the early 1990s, chaos theory captured the imagination of Caribbean writers by offering a new approach to interpreting scientific data. In its analysis of Edouard Glissant's Poétique de la Relation alongside Antonio Benítez-Rojo's introduction to The Repeating Island and...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 62–76.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Rachel L. Mordecai Despite burgeoning interest in the cultural politics of the Jamaican 1970s, little critical attention has been paid to texts engaging that era in a popular-fiction mode. Starting from the conviction that popular-fiction texts potentially offer new ways of construing and...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 219–231.
Published: 01 July 2018
...D. Alissa Trotz This essay engages a key thematic of Gaiutra Bahadur’s Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture —racialized, gendered and sexualized violence in the making of the “coolie” woman in British Guiana. Through literary nonfiction, Bahadur offers a rigorous and imaginative methodological...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 75–89.
Published: 01 March 2009
... interesting refigurings of black manhood outside of its current and historical spectacularizations that offer a lens for seeing black manhood differently, and thus thinking about black manhood differently. I am interested in highlighting modes of self-fashioning that allow for a reconstruction of black...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 4–25.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Silvio Torres-Saillant This article offers to the consideration of readers a number of site-specific vignettes that highlight the ways in which the experience of blackness--as different from the fact of blackness--may take different forms depending on the moment, the socio-cultural setting, the...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 7–23.
Published: 01 July 2011
... normative discourses in dancehall lyrics. I offer readings of male dance crews at street dances, a comedy interlude at a dancehall club night, and a dancehall video, each of which provides the opportunity to read “the queer” in dancehall culture. Out and Bad: Toward a Queer Performance Hermeneutic in...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 174–185.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Rhonda Cobham Faith Smith's analysis, in Creole Recitations , of the nineteenth-century scholar John Jacob Thomas's often contradictory allegiances offers us a way of reading the counterintuitively parallel career of the poet Eric Roach a century later. Roach is the subject of Laurence Breiner's...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 71–83.
Published: 01 March 2013
... of the political fortunes of black male leadership in the Caribbean as potentially thwarted by female authority, ancestral shame, and the objectification of tourist photography offers a useful way of conceptualizing the black radical tradition in terms of vulnerability as a condition to be avoided...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2013
...David Scott This short essay offers one frame in which to think about the idea of a black radical tradition, a term whose elements are all essentially unstable and contested. What is at stake is a historically minded inquiry into “uses” rather than “meanings”—that is, the historical conjunctures in...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 89–98.
Published: 01 March 2017
... across the Caribbean, Africa, and the United States. Artistic comrades for twenty years, they have also collaborated with each other in performance and video. Here, they offer a deep exchange about their creative practice, paying special attention to two works individually premiered on a split bill in...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 99–109.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Ana Belén Martín Sevillano This essay offers an account of Clara Morera's artistic course, considering the context and quality of her artwork. Morera has been one of the first female Cuban visual artists to formulate a gendered discourse in the plastic arts by making use of the symbolic and...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 241–249.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Lisa Outar This essay offers a critical engagement with Rosamond S. King's Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination (2014), arguing that King enacts a ground-shifting interdisciplinary and translinguistic approach to the study of Caribbean sexualities and gender...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 1–20.
Published: 01 November 2010
... literary continuums and criticism, offers a literary approach to these blue savannahs. 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 life. But...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 97–110.
Published: 01 July 2010
..., and race, it offers a narrative about postemancipation Jamaican males that looks beneath their masks to suggest how legacies of slavery are being played out through them in dynamic and queer ways. Jamaica's history is one that has always called for the Janus-faced accessory: a dressing up ritual to...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 200–211.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Trevor Burnard The bleak moral vision in Vincent Brown's The Reaper's Garden offers to us a version of early America that is profoundly at odds with established, or at least popular, narratives of American historical development. It is also at odds with customary narratives of Caribbean history...