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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 16–29.
Published: 01 March 2010
... politics of pleasure and the cultural work that live soca performances achieve through the creation of what I refer to as intimacies . Drawing on Lisa Lowe's critical insights, I use the word “intimacy” in two ways: to speak about the spatial proximity soca helps create, and to address the variety...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 1–14.
Published: 01 June 2008
... the convergence of terror and pleasure in the libidinal economy of slavery and, as well, the intimacy of history with the scandal and excess of literature. In writing at the limit of the unspeakable and the unknown, the essay mimes the violence of the archive and attempts to redress it by describing as fully...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (1): 59–76.
Published: 01 March 2002
... George Lamming, who asserts the aaxexe ethnic and cultural underpinnings of art and language. In e Pleasures of Exile, pub- lished in 1960 on the eve of decolonization, Lamming relates the issues of Caribbean otherness, identity, language, and literature...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2022
... and Philip explore instances of self-possession and self-pleasure to transgress silence. As touchstones, absence and disappearance not only conjure experiences of violence but also establish strategies for survival. Where absence represents a passive imposition, disappearance expresses a deliberate act...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 19–39.
Published: 01 June 2006
... collection, Poems of Resistance (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1954). Lamming published four novels and the classic collection of autobiographical, historical, critical, and philosophical essays, The Pleasures of Exile (London: M. Joseph, 1960), between 1953 and 1960. 3...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 40–51.
Published: 01 September 2005
... by haunting it “Chauvet’s discourse,” Scharf- man says, “does violence to our reading habits by transgressing the pleasure of the text. Because she is as merciless toward her reader as the world that she depicts is toward its victims Chauvet’s triptych iss destabilizing, haunting, and unsettling because...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 179–188.
Published: 01 November 2016
... as a “bath of freshness without limit,” at the time when everyone else has begun to sleep and Josefina finds herself “in her relationship to the Universe, without interferences of any kind.” 10 The autonomy, peace, and pleasure afforded by her distance from the vicissitudes of heteronormativity, male...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 41–59.
Published: 01 September 2001
...? Finally, where erotic pleasure is deemed as important as ideological integrity, if not more so, and where the acknowl- edgement of homoeroticism questions older nationalistic narratives, do sexual identities 1 Colin Channer, Waiting in Vain (New York: Random, 1998). Small Axe 10, September...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 154–166.
Published: 01 October 2007
... and to Michelle Rowley, Faith Smith, and Tracy Robinson, feminist scholars, for they have opened me to the pleasure of a different kind of engagement with the work that Pedagogies of Crossing is doing in the world. All three essays stage a dialogic praxis that is critical to feminism, and critical as well...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 118–122.
Published: 01 March 2015
... for Caribbean art? If so what are its dimensions, its registers? How should we discern and describe its idioms, its languages? What is the relation between a queer aesthetic and beauty or play or the popular or pleasure? One set of questions might move in the following direction: How might we think about...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 161–173.
Published: 01 October 2006
... as they may also jam or destabilize these systems. Cooper suggests that in using popular Caribbean culinary metaphors in her song “Stab Out Mi Meat” Lady Saw highlights “the intense pleasure of vigorous, not violent sex” and the “penis functions as a metaphorical dagger stabbing...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 62–76.
Published: 01 March 2019
... her sexuality will serve her purposes. Further, the first sexual encounter the reader sees Mary having is with a man whom she chooses freely because of the pleasure he brings her during and outside of sex. Noteworthy also is the fact that Mary’s partner in this relationship is “the blackest man...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 87–95.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Lamming, The Pleasures of Exile , 39. 7 Belinda Edmondson, Making Men: Gender, Literary Authority, and Women’s Writing in Caribbean Narrative (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999), 20. 6 The West Indies Federation was inaugurated on 3 January 1958 and dissolved on 31 May 1962. 5...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 83–96.
Published: 01 July 2010
..., or masculinity. In realizing this multiply oriented visualization, Julien developed a method that has evolved as a kind of transverse optics, by which I mean a way of reframing the familiar so as to mobilize new lines of questioning. He does this by playing to our desire as an audience for pleasure...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 78–86.
Published: 01 March 2020
... for their artistic pleasure than intellectual weight. Yet in the absence of any interpretative gesture, the simple but highly suggestive act of including a bibliography of West Indian literary works in a volume focused on sociopolitical perspectives again demonstrates the privileged significance accorded to writers...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 127–136.
Published: 01 September 2003
... would have jeered and heckled some of Hall’s evangelicals, others would just as plausibly have listened to, supported, and even joined up with them, in England and overseas. However, like his work, hers may suff er from the pleasures of the nineteenth-century archive—particularly...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 185–193.
Published: 01 March 2016
... made possible by the give of South Florida's land and the people it has held. This direction moves us into the heaviness of things and to find the pleasure while doing so. In “Party Down—Part 2,” the song remains the same but is stripped bare of all the lyrics from the previous part. The atmospheric...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 57–69.
Published: 01 March 2017
... Pleasures (New York: Macmillan, 1989), 43. 7 See Human Rights Watch, “We Are Dominican,” 1 July 2015, www.hrw.org/report/2015/07/01/we-are-dominican/arbitrary-deprivation-nationality-dominican-republic . 6 For an excellent account of the political history of the Dominican Republic from...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 94–103.
Published: 01 July 2015
... Dolores “Lolita” Lebrón Sotomayor aesthetics revolution The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now's totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of this moment, but we must never...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 45–62.
Published: 01 November 2021
... about a people’s fight for their liberation. Whether José Martí’s 1869 Abdala or C. L. R. James’s 1938 The Black Jacobins , such narratives rarely elicit jovial pleasure as much as awe and vindication. But epics are not altogether immune to the comical—and felicitously so. The ancient Greek...
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