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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 123–131.
Published: 01 July 2019
... for amplifying the study of imperial and nationalist forms of misrecognition, which Ramírez calls “ghosting.” It also argues that a focus on past and present exercises of power as ghosting may permit a greater understanding of stealthy—if often ambivalent—forms of resistance to empire and nationalism...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 132–141.
Published: 01 July 2019
... understudied cases of Dominican literature, performance, visual arts, and film by and about Afro-Dominican subjects in the United States and Spain. Colonial Phantoms exposes the inequalities of power in knowledge of the Dominican past and their implications for the historical silencing, erasure, or, in...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 123–137.
Published: 01 November 2016
... present influences the past, because the past can only exist as a manifestation of the present. However, I am also aware that a certain political, ideological, religious, or ethical conviction determines how we imagine our relation to the past and the present. This position, regardless of its origin...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 187–198.
Published: 01 July 2016
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Small Axe (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 (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 200–211.
Published: 01 March 2010
... been some patches of sunlight that allow us to create a usable Jamaican past in which even planters might have some place. Small Axe, Inc. 2010 Jamaica as America, America as Jamaica: Hauntings from the Past in Vincent Brown’s The Reaper’s Garden Trevor Burnard Edward Long’s...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 173–185.
Published: 01 November 2010
..., who “belongs” to the cultural collective and who does not. Universal history opposes efforts at historical enclosure made by any particular nation, culture, or civilization, and calls instead for a communist mode of inheriting the past. Small Axe, Inc. 2010 The Gift of the Past Susan Buck...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 173–187.
Published: 01 November 2011
... Polyné and Michael Deibert, and addresses some of the comments made by others about the book. The importance to Haitian history of the years following the end of the US occupation is emphasized, as are the lessons of this much overlooked past. These lessons, Smith argues, provide a useful framework for...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): vii–x.
Published: 01 July 2017
... have offered my siblings and me a window onto her past. And when she did speak of the past, it was invariably with a great deal of anger and bitterness. There was too much unpleasantness. This contrasted sharply with my father, John, who spoke a lot about his childhood, all the towns he'd lived in, and...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): vii–viii.
Published: 01 March 2010
...David Scott Small Axe, Inc. 2010 Preface: Imprisoned Pasts? David Scott On Friday, 4 September 2009, the minister of government responsible for the Advisory Com‑ mittee on the Prerogative of Mercy under the Constitution of Grenada advised the governor general to effect the release...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 169–177.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Mimi Sheller Poised between violent repetitions of state power and hopes for poststate alternative futures, in our dual role as historical actors and historical narrators, what do we do with the past today, with which past(s) and for whom? This essay asks about the ethical/political stakes in...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 186–204.
Published: 01 November 2015
... authority of the slave past in contemporary black life—and the first to explore that subject in the field of contemporary art. Best notes that when we reverse the thesis of slavery's afterlife and reconceptualize it as the basis for a historiography of slavery, we can tend also to hypostatize aspects of the...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 72–84.
Published: 01 July 2018
... silences that work against reconciling with this difficult period in the Dominican past. This essay deconstructs the mythification of female actors in the historiography and argues that the dominant narratives of “evil” and “saintly” women stilt understandings of the past, perpetuate a paternalist model of...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2019
... reflect on the great achievement of Haitian independence and the exploits of Haiti’s past heroes, and for the Haitian state to remind its people of the commitment to remaining independent in the face of mounting imperialist intervention. British observers reacted to Haitian memories of the Wars of...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 57–71.
Published: 01 July 2019
... and critiques European historiographical methods. Whereas writers such as Aimé Césaire and Léopold Sédar Senghor present Negritude, paradoxically, as both establishing continuity between the modernist present and the African past and marking a historical break from their poetic predecessors, Sainville...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 73–79.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Sassy Ross A grandmother’s lost leg. A mother’s scarred sacrum. A daughter transformed into stone. In these five poems, history dwells in the body, the past deep in the bone. Confronting themes of poverty, intimate partner violence, and childhood sexual trauma, the poems speak to the varying ways...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 69–85.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez In recent reinterpretations of the Caribbean dictatorial past, Caribbean American writers living in the United States challenge the Latin American dictator novel genre as a discursive tradition that reduces Caribbean culture to specific representations of power, oppression...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2019
... African origins provided interwar black artists such as Dunham with a tantalizing possibility of Pan-African solidarity through which they could mobilize their desire for connection with an obscured past and an imagined community in the present. When Dunham found her 1930s fieldwork inevitably run aground...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 133–144.
Published: 01 February 2008
... locus of embodied visual practices—with a significant, if often mysterious past—and debates Krista A. Thompson's notion of an “eye for the tropics” by reference to recent art historical insights drawn from fieldwork in Trinidad. Small Axe Incorporated 2008 BOOK DISCUSSION: An Eye for the Tropics...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 193–202.
Published: 01 November 2013
... standards of presumably universal human relevance. Trouillot's important intervention in Western conceptions of history and historiography in Silencing the Past notwithstanding, the essay argues that the distinction he draws between “historicity 1” and “historicity 2” betrays his struggle with the continued...