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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2009
...Diana Paton This article asks why negative stereotypes of obeah have proved so persistent, seeking the answer in a detailed examination of changing colonial constructions of obeah. It compares the history of anti-obeah laws with that of the Shakerism Prohibition Ordinance in St. Vincent and the...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 72–89.
Published: 01 July 2009
... would hope, but in the new absolutism of `World-American' rule. At a second level, then, this paper seeks to complicate and challenge US planetary ambition by describing what is ultimately an autogenic form of warfare, a declaration within civil society of a war between the US and itself. The pervasive...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 148–163.
Published: 01 July 2009
... staged by the artist, Boyce constructs a pseudo-documentary, pseudo-pantomime collage of events that subtly reveals the multiple dimensions of this creolized spectacle, deliberately building up layers of interpretation and presentation that seek to identify, historicize and problematize these cultural...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 164–184.
Published: 01 July 2009
... current escalation in violent crime. Both moments have also coincided with intense cultural activity, in which the lived experience of these crises commands centre stage. This essay explores how this has resulted in visual art works that record, critique or seek to transcend the crisis at hand and how...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 185–199.
Published: 01 July 2009
... the primacy of cultural dynamism, creativity and change. Drawing on ethnographic and philosophical insights gained from his close engagement with the book's protagonist, a Saramaka Maroon healer, Price seeks to transcend (if not nullify) the terms of the “hoary debate” kept alive by these opposed...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 7–21.
Published: 01 March 2013
... that of more politically visible figures such as Jacques Roumain, Jacques-Stephen Alexis, and René Depestre. Chauvet's exceptionalized status has much to do with her nonparticipation in the gender-bound political culture of her time. This essay seeks to tease out how this pointedly nonaligned woman...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 22–39.
Published: 01 March 2013
.... Templates of black politics cast in more reflexive modes, in contrast, insist on and assist in the disclosure—that is, the opening up—of black and modern texts, including the emptier freedom narratives. Through various forms of labor and play, they seek to disrupt the teleological within not just black...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 83–96.
Published: 01 July 2010
... Barbados.” To this, Julien retorted that gallery audiences were also “real,” and moreover necessary to an artist like himself who seeks to challenge conventional visual expectations of genre in both film and art.By performing a close reading of his short film Encore: Paradise Omeros Redux (2003), while...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 219–227.
Published: 01 March 2010
... demographic histories of slavery have left off, exploring how social, cultural, and political life articulated with the brutal facts of morbidity and mortality. It seeks to offer a dynamic understanding of how the idioms that related the living to the dead mediated the way people in Jamaican slave society...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 80–94.
Published: 01 July 2014
... regional context, as demonstrated by popular unrest in the 1850s and 1860s. In the absence of plantation records or other prolific documentation, scholarship has often rested on the testimony of foreign observers; these sources demand further critical attention. Creative research that pointedly seeks out...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 123–140.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Lauren Derby This essay argues for the utility of fugitive speech forms as primary sources for Caribbean historical research. It seeks to shift the discussion from forms such as autobiography and the memoir to more ephemeral speech forms such as hearsay, rumor, and gossip on the grounds that...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 78–89.
Published: 01 November 2014
... exemplary practitioners of this demanding task—on historically situated insider-outsiders such as Freud and Benjamin as well as on subaltern groups who seek recognition and reattachment to an illusory transcendental “civilization.” 8 Here, I use Carol Jacobs's translation. Walter Benjamin, “The Task of...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 50–63.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Christopher T. Bonner This essay interrogates the relationship between politics and literary genre in Marie Vieux Chauvet's Colère , the under-studied second movement of her trilogy Amour, colère, folie (1968). Specifically, it seeks to demonstrate that Chauvet's formation in theater is central to...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 86–90.
Published: 01 November 2015
... successive generations as they seek to understand it in relation to their own preoccupations and challenges. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 4 Among the more notable events were conferences at Wesleyan University, Duke University, Cérisy-la-Salle, London's Institut Français, and Columbia University, which...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 32–48.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Silvio Torres-Saillant This essay sustains that to earn credibility as a field seeking academic identity de lege , Hispanic Caribbean studies must address the legacy of the colonial past that keeps people in the Antillean world from communicating productively across national borders and language...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 80–99.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Tatiana Flores; Michelle Stephens This essay argues for an archipelagic approach to the twenty-first-century visual arts of the insular Caribbean. While it is common for scholars to stress the region's heterogeneity, the authors seek out thematic continuities in the art of the Caribbean islands...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 177–187.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Laurent Dubois This review dialogues with Kaiama L. Glover's Haiti Unbound to explore how the Spiralist authors have grappled with the problem of history and the difficulty of representing life under the Duvalier regimes. The essay seeks to situate her contribution within a broader field of...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 139–152.
Published: 01 July 2012
...Gabrielle A. Hezekiah Jamaican painter Roberta Stoddart has created a body of work in which personal and social histories intertwine to produce a contemplative response to what might be described as notions of enduring catastrophe. The work seeks to recognize a horizon of collective experience and...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 134–149.
Published: 01 March 2019
... a charged, explicit, and heightened sense of racial identity among young black Britons. This essay seeks to reflect on the influence of Jamaican 1970s on the creation of a second diaspora. In so doing, it utilizes examples of British reggae music, a photograph by Vanley Burke, and the poetry of...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 73–79.
Published: 01 July 2019
... the poet and women in her family have insisted on survival. These poems bear shifts in landscape and language, namely, from St. Lucia to the United States, from Antillean Creole to American English. Part of a manuscript in progress, the poems seek to probe inherited and lived-through pain so as to...