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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 71–84.
Published: 01 March 2018
... Southern Caribbean. After offering a brief history of the faith, the piece focuses on the spiritual moorings of one particularly prominent queer Caribbean artist and religious elder. This work is committed to the belief that one of the richest territories of black queer experience has long been our...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 143–163.
Published: 01 November 2020
... the ways the black male body was mobilized in the development of Jamaican art and visual culture. © 2020 Small Axe, Inc. 2020 art Jamaica nationalism photography queer You sat there Quite unconscious of your charm; You never guessed What beauty you possessed; Your nut-brown skin...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 7–23.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Nadia Ellis This article provides a set of readings toward what I am calling a “queer performance hermeneutic” of dancehall culture. It argues that although dancehall appears to be rigidly heteronormative, there are modes of queer performance within its culture, modes that may even be enabled by...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 84–95.
Published: 01 March 2013
... mind—something that I was trying to come to terms with during the roundtable when I used the notion of a “queer pier” to suggest that the idea of a black radical tradition might simply serve as an occasion for congregating at the limits of possibility, as if it was a platform for innovation or a...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 233–240.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., among other issues. King's insistence on analyzing fiction alongside nonfictional contexts, such as court cases and queer organizing, provides a rich texture for the consideration of transgressive sexualities, while also raising questions about archives, presence, and the production of knowledge...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 114–124.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Christopher Ian Foster This essay considers Maryse Condé's Guadeloupean mystery novel Crossing the Mangrove as emblematic of a “politics of crossing.” The novel's queer critical praxis presents a rigorous challenge to normative (often oppressive) communities embodied by the individual, the family...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 118–122.
Published: 01 March 2015
..., Ebony Patterson and Gabrielle Hezekiah; in Small Axe 39, Thierry Alet and Claire Tancons; in Small Axe 40, Laura Facey and Leigh Raiford; in Small Axe 41, Marlon James and Dorothy Rowe; and in Small Axe 42, Elizabeth Colomba and Wendy Asquith. “Caribbean Queer Visualities” aims to push the...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 85–93.
Published: 01 July 2015
... to reimagine the historical relationship between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the author ultimately argues that Indiana signals a move toward a different way of being in the Dominican Republic, one in which the literal and figurative borders are porous enough to allow for the queer, for the...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 38–54.
Published: 01 March 2014
... their formation. Relatedly, in Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others, philosopher Sara Ahmed builds on the spatial and political ruptures and crossings characteristic of the present conjuncture to suggest how theorizing and operationalizing disorientation may be generative for...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 80–88.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Suzanne C. Persard This series of poems operates somewhere between the Bronx, Half Way Tree (Kingston), and memory. Indian indentureship in Jamaica is epistemologically eclipsed; queer death is unmemorialized; an opening of sugar packets evokes the violence of empire. These poems reckon with loss...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 131–154.
Published: 01 November 2019
... article in a Havana newspaper on the late-nineteenth-century queer Cuban modernista poet Julián del Casal that advocated for a decolonial poetics of reception and failure and a creative use of the artist’s archive. This is the first published English translation of Lezama Lima’s “Julián del Casal...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 155–166.
Published: 01 November 2019
... anxieties over Cubans’ ability to produce. It argues that Lezama Lima’s essay responded by turning from questions of production and proposing instead an urban aesthetic practice of reception and failure that foregrounds—in a manner not unlike contemporary queer critics—the racial and sexual spectral and...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 147–162.
Published: 01 July 2020
... ruination might lead to a “hopeful pessimism” that could break with the nostalgic immobility of the arrested present. It concludes by exploring the possibilities of an emerging cuir (queer) futurity that breaks with raced and gendered scripts of postcolonial sovereignty to envision a new postdisaster future...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 97–110.
Published: 01 July 2010
..., and race, it offers a narrative about postemancipation Jamaican males that looks beneath their masks to suggest how legacies of slavery are being played out through them in dynamic and queer ways. Jamaica's history is one that has always called for the Janus-faced accessory: a dressing up ritual to...
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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 in...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 78–84.
Published: 01 July 2015
...” in Muñoz's work to the work of Antonio Benítez-Rojo, another Cuban/Cuban American scholar who has foregrounded the role of performance in the Caribbean. The author furthermore suggests how Muñoz's later critical work on subjectivity, sexuality, and evidence speaks to queer Dominican cultures...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 65–83.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Phanuel Antwi Rereading dub poetry under the pressures of and with the resources of black feminist and queer theory, and treating the practice of dub poetry as a production of a sound archive, one that embodies and aurally animates the intimacies of the black Atlantic, this essay highlights the...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 100–112.
Published: 01 November 2016
.... Beginning with a brief historicization of the myth's development in Santo Domingo, the author goes on to consider how the most recent decade of anti-Haitianism, negrophobia, misogyny, and homophobia in the Dominican Republic have inspired ciguapeo as an authoctonous method deployed by queer, black...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 64–71.
Published: 01 July 2018
...): 1–7; Karen Jaime, “Da pa’ lo do’: Rita Indiana’s Queer, Racialized Dominicanness,” Small Axe , no. 47 (July 2015): 85–93; Elena Valdez, “Writing the Feminine: The Representation of Women in Contemporary Dominican Visual Art,” Small Axe , no. 52 (March 2017): 126–40; and Maja Horn, “Jorge Pineda’s...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 81–96.
Published: 01 November 2020
... failing to reform Jamaica’s police force, the inquiry nevertheless foregrounds how sexual regulation operates through the interconnected workings of race, class, gender, and nation. © 2020 Small Axe, Inc. 2020 queer history transnational Jamaica In March 1951, Wills O. Isaacs, a member of...