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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 193–199.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Colin Dayan This essay brings law more fully into the rituals of terror, the fictions of slavery that Brown portrays so powerfully in * The Reaper's Garden. * In tracking the ghost-ridden traces of persons and property, I consider how palpable and visible remain the deposits of slave history, how...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 141–147.
Published: 01 July 2014
... long, long like your eyes. Ritual is therefore directed at the apt performance of what is prescribed, something that depends on intellectual and practical discipline but does not itself require decoding. —Talal Asad, Genealogies of Religion He maketh me to lie down in green...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 142–162.
Published: 01 June 2007
... prestige for themselves in the face of an ever-effacing violence. Small Axe Incorporated 2007 “No Grave Cannot Hold My Body Down”: Rituals of Death and Burial in Postcolonial Jamaica Annie Paul Ab s t r a c t : In contemporary Jamaica, funerals increasingly revolve around fantasy...
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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)): 102–107.
Published: 01 November 2011
...J. Michael Dash While there is an attempt to install Edouard Glissant as a literary patriarch after his death, we should not forget his interest in a poetics of risk that was tied to Michel Leiris's fascination with primitive rituals in general and the bullfight in particular. Glissant's well-known...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 157–168.
Published: 01 February 2008
... matters, manifested in human melodramas, public rituals, and social exegeses. Small Axe Incorporated 2008 The Picturesque, Miss Nottage and the Caribbean Sublime Richard J. Powell . . . everything green, green and hot eyes that kill eyes that kill...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 138–151.
Published: 01 November 2014
... transformation through legal discourse … . In order to reveal how law can create persons at the same time as it renders them dead, I grant language a materiality, an almost ethnographic intensity through a series of encounters I call ‘legal ritual.’” 22 “The underlying compulsion of ritual, whether...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 155–166.
Published: 01 March 2021
... descendant. Her journey begins inland, and she makes her way to shore only to return to the center. Her impulse is to perform this ritual as a form of (re)membering what was lost/taken/forgotten. Traveling across (in)visible boundaries toward the shore. The shore represents the edges of the land, the...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 115–122.
Published: 01 July 2016
... and shuffles down to the Mobile gas station, where, as seems entirely appropriate, he turns in and pulls up to one of the available gas pumps. Here, with baby oil, Ward performs a brief ritual of hand washing/hand wringing: a sort of libation or tribute. He kneels in front of the Crusader and spins...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 124–149.
Published: 01 September 2005
... represent. Th e artistry involved in the making of vèvèè eluded the eyes of the early scholars who were drawn to study various aspects of Haitian culture and belief systems, although many did comment on the signifi cance of the vèvè in the ritual of Vodun.² If one looks closely at the vèvèè...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 95–107.
Published: 01 July 2014
... Inquisition jail. She was also a black slave. 1 The case of Paula de Eguiluz and Bishop Pérez de Lazarraga is, at least on record, an exceptional one. There are not many documented examples of members of the seventeenth-century Spanish ecclesiastical aristocracy resorting to unlicensed black ritual...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 100–104.
Published: 01 November 2009
... site of ritual, the site of practice, the refuge site where past and present merge to allow the emergence of a work . . . always unfinished. The site of daily labor based on the principle of detour, of the incongruous. Detour becomes a key concept; it indicates a change of direction. I can then...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 16–30.
Published: 01 November 2020
... him . This meant tying up a person’s vital energy, rendering him helpless before an onslaught of ailments”; SD , 124 (italics in original). 31 “The secret of tying-up had been vouchsafed to us by Big Bellybutton after a torturous ritual”; “began his ritual with a sign-of-the-cross so speedy it...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 57–85.
Published: 01 September 2005
... Etudes sur l’histoire d’Haïti, published between 1853 and 1860, also discusses Défi lée’s role in recovering les corps de Dessalines following his massacre at Pont Rouge on 17 October 1806. Dayan’s “Rituals of History” off ers the best overview of Dédée Bazile, or Défi lée-la-folle, as...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 71–84.
Published: 01 March 2018
... North American South and the Southern Caribbean, the Christian and the non-Christian, and the African, Asian, and European worlds of ritual and iconography meet and merge. Although like most syncretic faiths, Spiritual Baptism resists definitive, singular, or linear origin narratives, one of its most...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 212–218.
Published: 01 March 2010
... to the cultural rituals of the enslaved, including slave funerals. I recall how amused my students were when they first heard Ebenezer’s funeral sermon, “Dea Belubbed.”3 It was a period in which controversy reigned over the plans to observe the bicentennial (with many wanting to leave the...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): vii–x.
Published: 01 July 2017
... idea I had of doing my PhD on Jamaica and decided instead to conduct research in Sri Lanka, on a group of healing rituals called yaktovil . It certainly wasn't a clearly thought-out decision. After all, I knew next to nothing about Sri Lanka, even less about these arcane practices. I had, by a series...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2019
..., did it mean when, somewhere, someone would state that belief was comfort, that ritual ‘released’ the ‘inhibitions’? Here the serviteur was a worker and his every movement, his every aspect, workmanlike.” 24 Dunham’s experience in her initiation ceremony illustrates Deren’s point that being a part...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 186–189.
Published: 01 November 2009
... the author of Théâtres des Antilles: Traditions et scènes contemporaines (2009), and has published articles on the history of Caribbean theater, on the use of Creole and French, on oral tradition, on drum music and dance (gwoka), on the integration of rituals (carnival, Vodou) in Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 135–141.
Published: 01 November 2010
... ritual, from drumbeat to dance step, from and craters, or as a volcanic steam, hissing novels to paintings to sculpture. In Jacmel and spouting through blow holes and gey- they tell the peoples History of Haiti via carni- sers. Now there’s a thing. And I can sense it...