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Published: 01 July 2021
Figure 1 This essay relies on an oral history interview I conducted with Nancy Morejón on 12 June 2018 in Havana, Cuba. Morejón (right) and I are pictured here. Photograph by the author More
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Small Axe (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...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 244–253.
Published: 01 July 2018
..., along with alternative oral and visual sources, as strategies for navigating elisions and biases in the written records of the past. She also argues for the present as justification for working with incomplete and biased archives. The essay draws parallels between African storytelling in the Americas...
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Small Axe (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 (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 246–253.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Barbara Lalla This essay reviews Belinda Edmondson’s literary yet cross-disciplinary study Creole Noise: Early Caribbean Dialect Literature and Performance (2022), which questions the Blackness of orality versus the Whiteness of narrative in the growth of Caribbean literature. Caribbean language...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 69–84.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Leanna Thomas This essay explores how Daniel Maximin constructs an imagined past in his novel Lone Sun by wrenching archival sources out of their domain and context and selectively situating them in a narrative replete with cultural and oral traditions. It examines how Maximin remembers those who...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 31–51.
Published: 01 November 2022
...” character from oral culture within the crossfire of heated yet formal public letters regarding the inquiry. The ballad supplies the means for McTurk to “Black up” the planter voice. In the process, he unwittingly inaugurated a regional tradition of public Creole verse authorship, one whose later exponents...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 91–108.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Figure 1 This essay relies on an oral history interview I conducted with Nancy Morejón on 12 June 2018 in Havana, Cuba. Morejón (right) and I are pictured here. Photograph by the author ...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 50–68.
Published: 01 July 2021
... orisha rituals to patakíes (Afro-Cuban oral tradition), over a reappropriated plantational space in which black sensuality contests negative biopolitical forms. Rolando not only draws from transnational critical race theory to address the myth of Latin American exceptionalism, she also challenges Michel...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 18–36.
Published: 01 March 2016
... life of the country has been noted by twentieth-century ethnomusicologists and historians, yet a comprehensive musical “folk history of Haiti” (Harold Courlander) is inexistent, with much of the music of the revolutionary nineteenth century altered or lost through processes of oral transmission...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 35–56.
Published: 01 July 2018
... of Caribbean Chinese familial intimacies from the colonial archive. Engaging shared themes of migration and racialized ideas of reproduction, three contemporary diasporic visual artists—Albert Chong, Richard Fung, and Tomie Arai—mine oral histories and family archives to blend aural and visual narratives...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): vii–x.
Published: 01 July 2022
...David Scott das133@columbia.edu © 2022 by Small Axe, Inc. 2022 Sometime in 1980, I attended a seminar held in one of the rooms in the social sciences block at the University of the West Indies, Mona, where Erna Brodber presented parts of her oral history research on early...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 123–140.
Published: 01 July 2014
... is made by Stewart and Strathern, Witchcraft, Sorcery , 1. 86 Guha, “Small Voice,” 11–12. For an excellent critique of the fetish of “experience” in oral history, see Thomas C. Holt, “‘Experience’ and the Politics of Intellectual Inquiry: A Response to Joan Scott,” in James Chandler, Arnold I...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 110–125.
Published: 01 March 2017
... across five pits on a wooden board, which triggers fictionalized oral narratives of plantation owners, former slaves, workers, and political leaders that intersect and intertwine according to the viewer's engagement with the work. 4 Both male and female artists from the Caribbean region...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 188–198.
Published: 01 November 2012
... position the Spiralists visvis Hallward’s issue of the nation, Glover’s sensitive readings of the political in the Spiralist textual would be welcome.11 Where Spiralist language is concerned, Glover highlights the importance of orality and the preponderance of oral markers littered throughout...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 52–63.
Published: 01 November 2014
... compétence pour utiliser le français oral et écrit à des fins académiques, politiques, scientifiques et artistiques. 3 The class categorization espoused here—an idea held by Haitians and foreigners alike, within Haiti and without—is accompanied by the moral judgment that all French-speaking Haitians...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 215–225.
Published: 01 November 2023
..., the author sees hopeful signs that the Jamaican language is gradually gaining national prominence. Jamaican language politics neocolonialism bilingualism gender politics oral tradition Despite their fashionably postmodernist appearance, the parentheses in the title of this essay do not signify...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 58–73.
Published: 01 July 2013
... to be seen. As Paul Thompson observes of oral history interviews, “The nature of the interview implies a breaking of the boundary between the educational institution and world, between the professional and the ordinary public… . The reconstruction of history itself becomes a much more widely collaborative...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 98–108.
Published: 01 July 2023
... Africa in the Caribbean: Transcending Time, Transforming Cultures ; Archibald Monteath: Igbo, Jamaican, Moravian ; and “African Continuities in the Linguistic Heritage of Jamaica.” 6 Warner-Lewis mined the “clues from oral history” to show us that while some African ancestors arrived...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 116–131.
Published: 01 March 2021
... outcome deserve[d] closer examination.” 4 As it turns out, the oral histories from the elders Karudi sought to recruit in Jamaica represent only a small piece of the history that Karudi was making with, among, and far away from them. What the elders may or may not have known was that Karudi...