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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 90–106.
Published: 01 November 2014
... Walcott's play Drums and Colours and the essays and poetry of Monchoachi show the creative engagement with a differential opacity that speaks to the negotiation of the specificities of self-determination and self-definition necessary to the postcolonial condition. © Small Axe, Inc. 2014 Monchoachi...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 159–171.
Published: 01 March 2018
... Hughes’s Ask Your Mama , the essay then examines media and transportation technologies as vehicles for transnational black solidarity and its attendant static, a form of Glissantian opacity. The essay closes with a comparative reading of Aimé Césaire and Gwendolyn Brooks, proposing parallels in the way...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 142–151.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Zaire Zenit Dinzey-Flores In Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, from the 19th Century to the Present (2018), Dixa Ramírez astutely and compellingly displays the opacity of the Dominican Republic’s history in the context of the Americas. She complicates trite...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 111–120.
Published: 01 November 2010
... and analytic tools that will enable us best to cope with and shape these new conditions. This is where Glissant’s concept of Tout-monde comes into play. Tout-monde: Between Relation and Opacity What is Tout-monde? It is emphatically not the world itself, in the geospatial or geopolitical sense...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 188–198.
Published: 01 November 2012
... who is absolutely the right person to undertake the project. By contrasting what Glissant says in theory with what he actually does in practice, Glover’s central argument about Glissant is that although he aspires to opacity and Relation, he does not always adhere to these ideals...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 105–114.
Published: 01 November 2009
... discours antillais he affirms his desire to remain to some extent obscure and unknowable: “We claim the right to opacity,” he says, “through which our striving for a dense existence links us to the global drama of Relation: the vigor of peoples reduced to nothing who today counter...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 123–128.
Published: 01 November 2018
... by death. Hégésippe consequently risked his life in creating his record. Opacity, however, is the devil to translate. Its first quality is that it is not transparent, not to be seen through, but to be respected and given its own space to fill with its own existence: “An old tree’s very being is hidden...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 1–21.
Published: 01 November 2011
... arrive. The “opacity” that Glissant affirms as a source of continuing resistance to Tout-Monde’s homogenizing tendencies is thus, significantly, not a mode of exteriority or escape from that irresistible presence. Opacity is neither outside nor beyond Relation. Rather, opacity occupies a space...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 123–131.
Published: 01 July 2019
... of this line of inquiry, one that Ramírez is careful to avert and that I also guard against, is to overestimate the power of such resistance. I am convinced, to the contrary, that Crenshaw’s intersectional terminology, Glissant’s demand for opacity, and Ramírez’s attention to ghosting and “stealth” forms...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 166–176.
Published: 01 November 2012
... in the opacity of their prose than in the subjectivity that their aesthetics impart. Could it be that underlying their prose is an aesthetics reflecting the despair of a person forced into the insularity of remaining in a place that offers few possibilities for growth? Glover writes...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 89–98.
Published: 01 November 2010
..., and the legacies of internal and intercontinental exchange that mark the region’s history, the Caribbean provides a compelling example of the interpenetrations, accommodations, and negotiations inherent in the multiple heterogeneous encounters the solitaire (opacity) and the solidaire...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 100–112.
Published: 01 November 2013
..., Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the “Problem” of Identity in Martinique (New York: Peter Lang, 2002). 11 See Richard Price, The Convict and the Colonel: A Story of Colonialism and Resistance in the Caribbean (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006); and Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 102–107.
Published: 01 November 2011
... presupposes that each one is confronted by the density (the opacity) of the other. The more the other resists in his thickness or his mobility (without being limited in this way), the more expressive reality becomes, the more fruitful the relation.”9 Glissant’s well-known rejection...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 199–207.
Published: 01 November 2012
... that opacity-based Relation is the most ethical way of thinking postcolonial human being on a global scale. How intriguing it was, then, to read the works of, first, Franké- tienne, then Fignolé and Philoctète against this backdrop. Profoundly dynamic and infinitely expansive, suspended...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 147–162.
Published: 01 November 2016
... of debates in comparative and “world” literature: Glissant's “opacité,” or a form of located, poetic nontransparency that exists in relation to other languages and forms, is another of Walter Benjamin's “untranslatables.” 17 For example, the exercising of the “right to opacity”—to quote Glissant's phrase...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 108–114.
Published: 01 November 2011
... in the slogan Agis dans ton lieu, pense avec le monde (Act locally, think globally). In keeping with the “inextricable” nature of the reality that it explores, the language of Glissant’s novels is famously obscure, and much has been written about this in the context of his key concept of opacity...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 152–163.
Published: 01 July 2019
... with Valdés that this form of visualizing blackness, especially the blackness of an intellectual leader, has disciplined black success and freedom. Opacity, multiplicity, and refraction unsettle many scholars of race in and beyond the United States. I note this suspicion in Dinzey-Flores’s response when...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (1): 100–111.
Published: 01 March 2005
... and a Hopeful Population,” lecture at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, 7 April 2004. 110606 available categories and narratives, trying to fi nd new frameworks of analysis to pen- etrate the opacity of the real and the momentary. Th at opacity was even more severe when one...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2021
... for whom the aesthetic imperatives of modernism seemed to offer an ambiguously compelling avenue of critique of the ideological and representational conventions of colonial race and class. But was there also something deeper and more profound than formal experiments with novelty, linguistic opacity...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 62–79.
Published: 01 November 2011
... Tinsley cites Edouard Glissant’s call for Caribbean scholars to embrace opacity, she goes on to explain that the difference that Glissant names is neither sexuality nor gender, although “tactics of self-veiling . . . challenge both heterocentric Caribbean critics and Eurocentric LGBT rights...