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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 154–161.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Tobias Warner Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel’s Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (2020) models the critical possibilities of attending to the overlooked records of Black women’s political imaginations. This discussion essay explores what happens if we...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 18–34.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Minkah Makalani One of the appeals of imagining a future alternative to the political present is the possibility of shedding modernity’s constitutive colonial assemblages and its conceit of the inevitability of human progress. Yet it remains something of a paradox that even at their most radical...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 132–141.
Published: 01 March 2020
... listening to stories about the experiences his relatives and their friends endured during slavery, the ways they negotiated it, and their political imagination. 12 They must have been aware of the ongoing Cuban wars of independence that had erupted in 1868. 13 Schomburg may have even heard stories...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 162–173.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., defiance, and imagined new worlds in Black women’s literary production and political thought. Having been born and raised and having lived in the belly of the beast, they have no confusion about the nature of that beast. They have witnessed their immigrant parents abused by a system that had promised...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 179–188.
Published: 01 July 2023
...), 21. See also Sara Ahmed, The Promise of Happiness (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010); Ann Cvetkovich, Depression: A Public Feeling (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012); and Karen Barad, “TransMaterialities: Trans*/Matter/Realities and Queer Political Imaginings,” GLQ 21, nos. 2–3...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 24–44.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi This essay extends and contributes to existing scholarship by uncovering instances of cooperation and collaboration that suggest alternative views of Hispaniola and complicate contemporary political and social realities in the Dominican Republic. It focuses on Manuel...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 72–84.
Published: 01 July 2018
... of governance, and frame women’s political participation around rigid expectations of maternal behavior and sexual propriety. Copyright © 2018 by Small Axe, Inc. 2018 futurity political imagination Fanonian leap undecidability decolonial turn In November 1960 three young women traveling home...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 62–79.
Published: 01 November 2011
...). Drawing on the insights of queer theory, the author argue that the hyperconsciousness of stigma in the Haitian context imposes limits on the imaginings of AIDS in cultural production; thus even as artists enter into their representation with overtly political intentions, they are unwittingly enmeshed...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (3): 154–166.
Published: 01 October 2007
...; the importance of bringing sex to our engagement of the erotic and to our experience of the Sacred; and the urgency of addressing the analytic and political fissures between Caribbean feminists at home and those abroad . It ends by underscoring the need for a collective politics that re-imagines our deep...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 147–162.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Yarimar Bonilla This essay discusses how Puerto Ricans are imagining and building new futures out of a political context of material and affective ruin that is not guided by the promise of a modernist future or the palliative anticipation of a sovereignty to come. It examines how the politics...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 46–59.
Published: 01 March 2010
... for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) to redress legal and social discrimination against sexual minorities continue the efforts of the GFM to create, in Benedict Andersen's famous words, an “imagined community,” I argue for a historical understanding of the print-mediated community generated by the Gaily...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 166–181.
Published: 01 November 2013
... about otherness and difference constituted in relation to the universal unmarked category of the West. Second, that this relation between anthropology and alterity can be fully exposed only by tracing the historical emergence of the West through its imaginative and material relations with others...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 173–180.
Published: 01 March 2014
... she asks, “Who has been included in the national body of Jamaica, and how has that changed from the mid-twentieth century to the early twenty-first century? How have threats to the body politic been imagined and eradicated? And how do those who have suffered as a result of their exclusion envision...
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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...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 138–151.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Avery F. Gordon The Hawthorne Archive sends a few fragmented materials to Small Axe about Colin Dayan: a letter, a file note, a commentary on the photographs missing from Dayan's autobiographical writings, and an inventory of keywords. In all, this essay is an emphasis on her ethical-political...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 85–97.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Sheri-Marie Harrison This essay uses the coincidence of three facets of Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings to consider how Jamaican literature imagined political sovereignty during the 1960s. The first is a 1966 event characters refer to as “the fall of Balaclava.” The second...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 232–243.
Published: 01 July 2018
... through education and their involvement in associational politics, theater, and publishing. Tracing narratives of Indo-Muslim womanhood also emphasizes significant religious and class differences in participation in public life, suggesting the limitations of Hindu-centered interpretative devices. Coolie...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 62–76.
Published: 01 March 2019
...). Thus the extent to which women cannot, in the imaginations of these authors, escape their ideologically constructed “destiny” as (biological, cultural, and perhaps political) reproducers of the nation constitutes a limit to the what-if gestures these novels produce and to the plasticity...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 1–13.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel Suzanne Césaire's essays in Tropiques make an important intervention in imagining a new Martinican and ultimately Pan-Caribbean identity during World War II. This study examines Césaire's joint politics and poetics of liberation in the context of dissidence in Martinique...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 68–80.
Published: 01 July 2017
..., to the variegated festivals of a postslavery postindenture society of Trinidad is re-presented in the symbolic and allegorical pieces that Nanan has produced for over two decades. These evoke messages of harmony despite difference and of political agency for a nation. Her symbolism establishes an Indian aesthetic...