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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 167–174.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., the essay author revisits her hesitations regarding slavery’s archive and the stakes of approaching the silences of enslaved people in the records. Drawing on pivotal work in black feminist studies, this essay rearticulates the nuances of Saidiya Hartman’s “critical fabulation” to bring attention back...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (1): v–x.
Published: 01 February 2007
... and alternatives reimagined. Such a debate we would insist is not the prerogative of any single genre, and therefore we invite fiction as well as nonfiction, poetry, interviews, visual art, and reviews. Number 22 February 2007 Contents On the Subject of Grenada Preface: The Silence...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (1 (15)): 43–62.
Published: 01 March 2004
...Gemma Robinson Small Axe Incorporated 2004 “If freedom writes no happier alphabet”: Martin Carter and Poetic Silence Gemma Robinson n the 1966 Guyanese independence issue of New World Quarterly, Louis James wrote, “Martin Carter has his niche in the national evolution...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of these narratives of Haitian history, this essay argues, were “bundles” of silences. British consular agents paid particular attention to the purported animosity toward blancs that often seemed to manifest in attacks on foreign-owned businesses. Shortly before the commemorations of 1804, diplomats were alerted...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 16–35.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Mark Harris This essay asks how the soundscapes represented in Caribbean literature and music provide alternative paradigms for conceptualizing noise and silence. As American and European sound studies have drawn from the writings of John Cage, Murray Schafer, and Jacques Attali to articulate...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 132–141.
Published: 01 July 2019
... of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and nationality? How do the works of these women remind us that silences, omissions, and exclusions from dominant narratives are irresolute forms of violence executed and perpetuated by Western powers and constantly replicated by the Dominican intellectual and economic...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 132–141.
Published: 01 March 2020
... and his complex personality, as well as his relentless but gentle commitment to advancing black liberation. Following Saidiya Hartman’s strategy of “critical fabulation” to highlight previously silenced Afro-Epistemes, the author dwells on Schomburg’s childhood, life commitment, and legacies. Part...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 132–154.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Marlene L. Daut; Aaron Kamugisha This essay explores the genealogy of historian and anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s writings as related to broader trends in historical scholarship. The author suggests that it was through Silencing the Past ’s acceptance and ascendance within the very North...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 102–115.
Published: 01 March 2021
... studies first and foremost from within. Mid-twentieth-century Dutch Caribbean anticolonial intellectuals have confronted strong oppression and retaliations, leading to obscured publications as well as to considerable societal and archival silences. This reflects on the self-image of the Dutch Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 83–90.
Published: 01 July 2021
... of Morejón’s career in the years leading up to the publication of the book, focusing in part on her silencing by the Cuban state because of earlier activities centered on Afro-Cuban rights. The essay considers the themes and arguments of Nación y mestizaje , recognizing the surfaces, depths, and fissures...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2022
... a recuperation of a poetics between Ríos and Philip enhance a study of the body? Through a close reading of two poems, it points to instances of absence and disappearance as generative signals that enable these women to transgress the silences that structure imaginative and lived experiences. In doing so...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 160–167.
Published: 01 June 2008
... argument, as well as for its silences, errors, and innumerable paths of deviation and reflection that it opens. The work is a truly Caribbean contraption, combining autobiography, philosophical argumentation, certain features of the political manifesto, and various modalities of criticism with a good deal...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 51–62.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Stéphanie Bérard La voix de la romancière haïtienne Marie Vieux-Chauvet, réduite au silence pendant des années, se fait aujourd'hui entendre sur la scène théâtrale internationale grâce à l'adaptation de la trilogie Amour Colère et Folie offerte par le dramaturge franco-béninois José...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 193–202.
Published: 01 November 2013
... standards of presumably universal human relevance. Trouillot's important intervention in Western conceptions of history and historiography in Silencing the Past notwithstanding, the essay argues that the distinction he draws between “historicity 1” and “historicity 2” betrays his struggle with the continued...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 108–122.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Nalini Mohabir A newly installed plaque at the port of Kolkata stands as a memorial to the indentured Indian diaspora. It conveys a collective story relevant to present desires, not past hauntings. Yet it is the tension of absences and silences that makes the port city an interesting site...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 179–188.
Published: 01 November 2016
... an engagement with the operations of silence in the work of Hilma Contreras and of racialized gender identity formation in the novel Erzulie's Skirt by Ana-Maurine Lara, Decena considers more horizons made possible by the opening in the study of Dominican literature that Horn traces. In addition to registering...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 1–20.
Published: 01 November 2010
... based not on defining moments but instead on intuitive, neurotic instances that bubble to the surface thus breaking the silence. Using the abyss as a metaphor for this history/memory, Glissant writes of “a reverse image of all that had been left behind, not to be regained for generations except...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 90–102.
Published: 01 November 2012
... experiences of her protagonist forces a fundamental rethinking of the psyche, historical evidence, and the temporal relationship of the present to the past. Her novel suggests that silences in the written records are not only absences to be filled with new historical data but also spaces of affect , which...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 1–17.
Published: 01 March 2018
... of these children. This essay explores English slave codes regarding reproduction under slavery alongside the experience of reproduction to suggest that legislative silences are not the final word on race and reproduction. The presumption that their children would also be enslaved produced a visceral understanding...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 72–84.
Published: 01 July 2018
... silences that work against reconciling with this difficult period in the Dominican past. This essay deconstructs the mythification of female actors in the historiography and argues that the dominant narratives of “evil” and “saintly” women stilt understandings of the past, perpetuate a paternalist model...