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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 127–136.
Published: 01 September 2003
...Madhavi Kale Small Axe Incorporated 2003 BOOK DISCUSSION: CIVILISING SUBJECTS Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination, 1830–1867, Catherine Hall. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002. ISBN 0-226-31334-4 Subject to Question: Empire and Catherine...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 5–19.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Fayçal Falaky This essay engages the broad question of the relation between the French Enlightenment and colonial racial slavery by exploring the literature of planters and slavetraders in the French Caribbean and showing how the ideals of French Enlightenment philosophy were not always framed...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 137–146.
Published: 01 March 2018
... history. Like Glissant, the créolistes ’ project involves reckoning literarily with lived experience, and in the Éloge they approach creoleness as “ a question to be lived ” and not definitively resolved (89). The créolistes write this ethnographic impulse into the literary genealogy...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 47–61.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Demetrius L. Eudell This essay illustrates how Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis” reconceptualizes the question of labor as it relates to the history of blacks in the Americas and generally to the being of Being Human. It does so by situating Wynter's distinctive intervention within the context...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 21–31.
Published: 01 November 2016
... of investigation and facilitates approaches to some of the following questions: What are the geographical frameworks and analytical trends that have defined this field? What scholarly paradigms, social imaginaries, and conceptual maps frame its preoccupations? What is the place of diaspora and, more broadly...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 32–48.
Published: 01 November 2016
... up the identity of the study of the societies inhabiting the linguistic bloc in question. Furthermore, in the US diaspora, people tracing their roots to the hispanophone portion of the Caribbean tend to display a larger proportion of African ancestry as discerned by their dark skin and negroid...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 1–7.
Published: 01 July 2013
...David Scott This essay urges that in considering the question of Caribbean studies we think not only about the substantive content of our work but also about the senses in which this work makes assumptions about the idea and project of Caribbean studies as a conceptual-ideological field. The essay...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 168–178.
Published: 01 July 2010
... stitched together the complex cultural legacy of “making life” in a transformational and generative struggle for social betterment that is at once personal, familial and collective. Small Axe, Inc. 2010 Sewing Up Questions of Cultural Identity: Lorna Goodison’s From Harvey River Sandra Pouchet...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 152–163.
Published: 01 July 2019
... University Press, 2016); and April Mayes, The Mulatto Republic: Class, Race, and Dominican National Identity (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014). 1 These are not new questions. Far from it. Within the pages of this journal, Michelle Stephens had similar queries in her “What...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 145–164.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Elaine Savory Kamau Brathwaite left us just before COVID-19 changed our world. This memoriam essay explores the questions his work poses in his role as mentor/teacher/Griot to other writers, toward whom he was always very generous and encouraging. He asks us to embrace uncertainty, making...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 169–179.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., identity is formed through contacts with others within the nexus of Relation and créolisation , whereas in his 2006 Une nouvelle région du monde , it is largely a question of the relationship between human beings and place. In this essay, Glissant's ideas are compared with those of the theorists...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 35–51.
Published: 01 November 2014
...David Scott This essay inquires into the uses of Haiti and its revolution as emblematic for contemporary theory. It raises a question about the new “philosophic” construction of Haiti—and its revolution—as an originary or exemplary moment of “human rights,” less to impugn universality as such than...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 64–71.
Published: 01 July 2018
... influence—similar to how questions of race and Dominican-Haitian relations have recently been approached by scholars. The essay highlights how the longstanding androcentric focus on Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship (1930–61) and his heterosexual exploits have given way to a recuperation of Dominican women...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 171–180.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Christina Sharpe Christina Sharpe responds to engagements with In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Régine Jean-Charles, Rinaldo Walcott, and Tezeru Teshome (with K. Wayne Yang). In her response to their questions and elaborations around voice, freedom, resistance, and subjectivity, Sharpe...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 186–197.
Published: 01 March 2021
... though seemingly benign question, “Where are you from?,” the essay explores the shortcomings and racial biases of popular genealogical websites, contrasting these with the deeply and profoundly nuanced ways Carby’s book tackles fundamental questions, shortcomings, and difficulties in endeavors to trace...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 155–163.
Published: 01 March 2016
... registers, the essay begins with the author's analytic and affective responses to the book, before posing some questions it raises. Specifically, it asks for further explorations of our understanding of the publics generated by performances of Cuban music, in particular publics that might be critical...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 201–208.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Yarimar Bonilla Anthropologist Yarimar Bonilla responds to Greg Beckett and Christienna D. Fryar's engagements with her Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (2015). In responding to the questions raised, Bonilla lays out the conceptual and methodological...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 142–150.
Published: 01 October 2008
...Jerry Philogene This essay questions the tensions between the problems of writing about Haitian art and the problem with writing about Haitian art. Within this framework it questions the recurring emphasis of Vodou, specifically considering essays from the catalogue Continental Shifts , which...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 188–198.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Rachel Douglas This review engages with fundamental questions regarding postcolonial canon formation and the marginalization of the Haitian Spiralist writers, the theory-centrism of postcolonial criticism, and “showing” versus “telling”—issues raised by Kaiama L. Glover's Haiti Unbound . Using...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 176–193.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Ren Ellis Neyra This response essay engages the three book discussion essays by Ronald Mendoza–de Jesús, Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, and Rocío Zambrana on The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020). Following questions of anti-Blackness in Spanish Caribbean (especially...
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