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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2012) 16 (1 (37)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2012
...David Scott © Small Axe, Inc. 2012 Preface: Who Were the Subjects of Slave Emancipation? David Scott They hanged him on a clement morning, swung between the falling sunlight and the women’s breathing, like a black apostrophe to pain. All morning while the children hushed their...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2019) 23 (1 (58)): 208–219.
Published: 01 March 2019
... interactions explored in Freedom’s Mirror points to the possibility that, even in more ordinary times, stakeholders in Caribbean slave societies paid substantial attention to political and social developments among their regional neighbors. New studies in Caribbean comparative slavery might well focus more on...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2012) 16 (1 (37)): 168–177.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Nicholas Draper Written within the framework originally established by Eric Williams, Nick Draper's book The Price of Emancipation analyzes the £20 million compensation paid to slave owners by the British state in the 1830s, showing that 5 to 10 percent of the British elites of the time were...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2010) 14 (3 (33)): 163–172.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Sibylle Fischer Can we coherently conjugate high philosophy and slave insurgency under the heading of “universal history”? Is it possible to disentangle “universal history” from its roots in white supremacy and European imperial reason? Susan Buck-Morss' recent answer to that question, which was...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2018) 22 (1 (55)): 1–17.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Jennifer L. Morgan From the moment of its introduction into the Atlantic world, hereditary racial slavery depended on an understanding that enslaved women’s reproductive lives would be tethered to the institution of slavery. At the same time, few colonial slave codes explicitly defined the status...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2015) 19 (3 (48)): 186–204.
Published: 01 November 2015
... authority of the slave past in contemporary black life—and the first to explore that subject in the field of contemporary art. Best notes that when we reverse the thesis of slavery's afterlife and reconceptualize it as the basis for a historiography of slavery, we can tend also to hypostatize aspects of the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 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: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 October 2008) 12 (3 (27)): 151–164.
Published: 01 October 2008
... 2, the slave trade; act 3, the slave uprising that created Haiti; and act 4, the “endless migration” of post-occupation diaspora that continues into the present as an unfinished environmental and social revolution. ©2008 Small Axe Incorporated. All rights reserved. 2008 On Reading Continental...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2012) 16 (1 (37)): 144–153.
Published: 01 March 2012
... in the metropole it offers a new and important analysis of the character of British slave ownership on the brink of emancipation. Questions raised by Draper's work about the rise and influence of this absentee group, about the diversity of slave ownership in the British Atlantic, and about the...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2012) 16 (1 (37)): 154–167.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Susan Thorne The Slave Compensation Commission distributed no less than £20 million between 1834 and 1845, making compensation “the largest single financial operation undertaken by the British state to date.” In his book The Price of Emancipation , Nicholas Draper uses the commission's untapped...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2011) 15 (2 (35)): 96–116.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Cheryl Finley Since the early 1990s, the contemporary visual culture of slavery has been defined increasingly by installation, performance, and time-based media. This is particularly so for visual artists who chronicle Caribbean catastrophic history using the slave ship as a key iconic signifier...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2013) 17 (3 (42)): 1–15.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Katherine McKittrick This essay explores plantation geographies. In drawing specific attention to the ways past configurations of the plantation are recast in post-slave urban contexts, the discussion signals the links between black dispossession and geography, while also considering how assertions...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2014) 18 (2 (44)): 1–17.
Published: 01 July 2014
.... L. R. James's varied coteries throughout Italy, the author argues that James's methodological innovations in the field of slave historiography were central to the formulation of strategies of refusal and flight eventually popularized in Hardt and Negri's Empire . These methodological homologies...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2014) 18 (2 (44)): 191–201.
Published: 01 July 2014
... Western philosophical “fiction,” that is, the dichotomy of mind and body, energy, and matter, or subject and object. In the dancehalls and as the first commodities in the cargoholds of the Atlantic slave ships, sonic bodies are restorative, disruptive, and procreative, accounting in part for why they are...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2015) 19 (1 (46)): 5–19.
Published: 01 March 2015
... antithetical to practices of black enslavement. Abolitionists such as Condorcet, Brissot, and Grégoire may have considered themselves the inheritors of the Age of Reason. In the eyes of slave apologists, however, they were radicals who were trying to put into practice the impracticable, subversive thinkers who...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 47–61.
Published: 01 March 2016
... of both Marxism and the engagement by black intellectuals of the issues of labor and class. Moving beyond the presuppositions of liberal humanism, Marxism, and Black Cultural Nationalism, Wynter put forth an interpretation of the cultural forms of blacks in the Americas (both as slaves and...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2014) 18 (3 (45)): 162–177.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Chris Bongie This essay provides an overview of Colin Dayan's work that attends, specifically, to her representations of slave law in Haiti, History, and the Gods and The Law Is a White Dog . It takes as its point of departure Dayan's indictment in the final chapter of Haiti, History, and the Gods...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2012) 16 (2 (38)): 43–59.
Published: 01 July 2012
... argues that both authors use neo–slave narrative tropes to simultaneously problematize acts of violence against these individuals and demonstrate how women engaged and even utilized limiting colonial paradigms. © 2012 by Small Axe, Inc. 2012 What can a white man be in the colonies but the enemy...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 June 2007) 11 (2): 209–216.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Madison Smartt Bell This essay responds to four critics who discuss Bell's trilogy of novels about the Haitian Revolution— All Souls' Rising, Master of the Crossroads, The Stone That the Builder Refused. Particular attention is paid to the idea of a French royalist plot behind the slave...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 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...