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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 254–262.
Published: 01 November 2023
...@newark.rutgers.edu © Small Axe, Inc. 2023 nation language literary Creole Caribbean Henry Garland Murray racial ventriloquism I have been thinking a lot about Henry Garland Murray. Also John Jacob Thomas. And my grandfather Stanford Edmondson, a Black Jamaican born thirty-nine years after...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 237–245.
Published: 01 November 2023
... in the apparently straightforward term transatlantic : there is no geographical reason why “trans-” should imply an east-west trajectory rather than a south-north one, after all. Edmondson is especially persuasive when she analyzes the complex relationship between “racial ventriloquism and transcription...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 246–253.
Published: 01 November 2023
... rendition of a Black voice. I admire Edmondson’s fascinatingly troublesome proposal regarding ventriloquist beginnings of Caribbean literature, since I too worked with the concept of ventriloquism in tracking the history of Creole operations in Jamaican literature. It was clear to me that the earliest...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 1–20.
Published: 01 July 2017
... by identifying in the Antillean hallucination a voice that is not ventriloquized and names that picture an achievable Antillean postcoloniality. © Small Axe, Inc. 2017 Frantz Fanon Nevis postcoloniality self-naming ventriloquized In the Antilles perception always occurs at the level...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 31–51.
Published: 01 November 2022
... letter to the editor in which McTurk dons the racialized mask of his persona to warn that an inquiry into the abuse of indentured Indian laborers will provoke a violent response from the Afro-Guyanese community. The essay argues that the versification of Quow’s voice seeks to implant him as a “found...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 226–236.
Published: 01 November 2023
...” following centuries of European colonization in the region. The unstable, mixed-racial legacy and the unequal center-periphery power dynamics fostered self-doubt, if not outright self-loathing, and affected not just how they were perceived but also how they wanted to be presented by their writers...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 142–151.
Published: 01 July 2019
... representations of the Dominican Republic as a space that is racially unconscious and reminds us of the overlooked history of free black experience in the eastern side of the island, pressing the reader to face the ghosted racialized realities that these facts highlight. This review considers the epistemological...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 172–180.
Published: 01 March 2018
... recognition, racial essentialism, or anything beyond the central frame of race and technology. More important than rhythms, formal structures, or lyrical themes for Chude-Sokei is the consequential cultural work that recordings of black voices accomplished in transforming listeners’ ideas about race...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 69–77.
Published: 01 March 2020
...” and “white” has a double meaning: on the one hand, the imperially imposed wealth divide de facto racially segregated white creoles from darker-skinned West Indians; on the other hand, geography separated the majority-black islands from the majority-white Britain. Walcott ventriloquizes History...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 144–160.
Published: 01 July 2018
... refusal” or “refusal from the hills,” provides a generative spatial, performative, and interpretative model. It unhinges the set of signifiers and expectations comprising gendered racial types that reveal two interrelated, (white) imperial anxieties. The first revolves around the gaze and performance...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 154–161.
Published: 01 March 2023
... of power in Réunion was articulated in attempts to assert control over the bodies of racialized women. 4 Other contributors to AWA would round out this critique of family law by searching for alternative epistemologies or gendered ways of being in the world. 5 By tracing links between a variety...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 168–178.
Published: 01 July 2010
... of Jamaican national becoming by insisting on the creative power of Jamaica's racial and cultural heterogeneity. On the one hand, the memoir honors domesticity as the necessary and valuable work of nurturing family and community while maintaining discreet lines of demarcation between the persona...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 93–110.
Published: 01 September 2003
... is set in the mid-seventies, a time of heightened black consciousness and racial antagonism in Jamaica. However, Winkler’s book makes it clear that his fi ght to prove his Jamaicanness has been life- long. Twent y-fi ve years after Winkler completed his teaching stint in Moneague...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 17–34.
Published: 01 March 2019
... massacre; instead, the poem dislocates us and redirects us toward others. In Zong! this means a relation with the dead that does not require their representation but instead puts readers into community with them; we do not ventriloquize their voices but put our voices alongside theirs. The essay’s argument...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2019
... the diaspora must face, positioned as they are under the twin yokes of patriarchy and colonial/racial violence. However, Dunham does not choose the route of martyred identification or solidarity with the zombie wives—silent and industrious women, with “faces with absolutely no expression and which might...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 1–18.
Published: 01 June 2006
... Heterosexuality,’ ” 309–10. 40. Toni Morrison, “Unspeakable things Unspoken: The African American Presence in Literature,” Michigan Quarterly Review, 28, no. 1 (1988): 3, 22. The term refers to the silenced content of racial oppression and sexual violation in relation to African...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 16–37.
Published: 01 February 2008
... • ISSN 0799-0537 SX25 • February 2008 • Curdella Forbes | 17 discourse from the beginning are equally evidenced in the intersections among these various, seemingly contradictory ideologies, which all in one way or another recognized the racial...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 1–20.
Published: 01 September 2001
... and cultural observa- tion of Trinidadian society that would have been far more challenging for the cultural insider to achieve. Writing about the complexities of social interactions in the context of racialized memory and the politics of class in Trinidad of the 1930s, for example, he...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 19–39.
Published: 01 June 2006
... writers to Europe refutes “the Lie upon which Prospero’s confident authority was built” (117), the myth of racial inferiority and benevolent paternalism that facilitated colonialism. More importantly, Césaire, the poet who belonged to the Com- munist Party, agitated against French...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 132–154.
Published: 01 March 2021
... of the state machinery (1797–98), from Louverture’s taming of that machinery (1801) to the proclamation of Haitian independence with Dessalines (1804). (89) When Trouillot is paying attention to biases—racial and otherwise—to points of view, and to the way sources are being used, discounted, dismissed...