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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 March 2018) 22 (1 (55)): 1–17.
Published: 01 March 2018
... slavery race and reproduction slave law heredity slave women Whereas some doubts have arisen whether children got by any Englishman upon a negro woman shall be slave or free, Be it therefore enacted and declared by this present grand assembly, that all children borne in this country shall be...
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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 March 2012) 16 (1 (37)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2012
... abolitionists, not to speak of the substance of the slaves’ freedom. For when colonial secretary Edward Stanley presented his final draft of the impe‑ rial government’s emancipation scheme that passed into law on 28 August 1833, he went a considerable distance toward mollifying the anxieties and...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2012) 16 (1 (37)): 168–177.
Published: 01 March 2012
... end of West Indian “monopoly,” but contemporaries did make the connec- tion with his marriage into a major slave-owning family in Trinidad.8 Williams himself, despite 7 Williams, Capitalism and Slavery, 211. 8 Hume’s brother-in-law was William Hardin Burnley, a major recipient of slave...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2012) 16 (1 (37)): 154–167.
Published: 01 March 2012
... what George Soros has called “free market fundamentalism.” The New Poor Law's role in the criminalization of poverty is widely acknowledged. So too was the emergent gospel of free trade strengthened by the British state's “disciplined” response to the Irish famine. Slave owner compensation also...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 47–61.
Published: 01 March 2016
... then become the condition of possibility of the varying forms of exploitation” (564). In her seminal study of West Indian slave laws, Elsa Goveia notes that “before slave laws could be made, it was necessary for the opinion to be accepted that persons could be made slaves and held as slaves,” and...
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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 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 July 2011) 15 (2 (35)): 96–116.
Published: 01 July 2011
... of this well-known mutiny, especially its effect on international law and human rights, the ship ironically poses many difficult questions about present-day tourism initiatives that have arisen through the UNESCO Slave Routes Project, as well as the traveling monument’s own...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2019) 23 (1 (58)): 17–34.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Daniel Benjamin This essay argues that M. NourbeSe Philip’s 2008 book-length poem Zong! offers aesthetic experience as an undetermined exposure toward communality. As readers, we are not merely consuming the poem, which emerges from Philip’s reading of a 1781 court decision regarding a slave...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2015) 19 (1 (46)): 5–19.
Published: 01 March 2015
... more human and more just legal system, but “the Negro slave can only approach the precincts of the law stripped of all humanity, draped in his strangeness, or reduced to something trivial through endless moratoriums.” 20 Advocates for the slave trade were well aware that its reach in France...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2009) 13 (2): 107–117.
Published: 01 July 2009
... the past role of whites in a slave society, the dilemma of white Jamaicans is undeniable. Also undeniable, however, is the fact that the costs of being white are outweighed by the benefits, as the white Jamaican writer Anthony C. Winkler acknowledges in two autobiographical works. Winkler experiences...
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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...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2018) 22 (2 (56)): 219–231.
Published: 01 July 2018
... only in terms set by violence. Finally, while Bahadur engages infrastructures of colonial violence that positioned the “coolie” as not a slave, this essay offers a cautionary note about reproducing archival investments in irreconcilable difference. It extends Bahadur’s own approach to revisit some of...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2009) 13 (3 (30)): 37–50.
Published: 01 November 2009
... infringement of family laws in which the basic rule of “either blood or law” at the basis of the American family is violated. Indeed, slavery troubles the clear distinction between blood and law in kinship constructions because biological filial relations between masters and slaves, for...
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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 October 2008) 12 (3 (27)): 14–31.
Published: 01 October 2008
... rule of law, the article argues that the problem of popular insurgency is one way to link together analysis of past and present Haitian history and to focus on the role of the Haitian people in making that history. ©2008 Small Axe Incorporated. All rights reserved. 2008 Turning the Tide: The...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2014) 18 (3 (45)): 152–161.
Published: 01 November 2014
... grandchildren. He ceases to love his wife when she becomes masculine or rebellious; but slaves are always dependent, never the rivals of their master.” (191–92) How could any man who knows the pleasure of owning ever-subservient slaves settle for a masculine, assertive wife? If “natural” laws are crossed such...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2014) 18 (3 (45)): 138–151.
Published: 01 November 2014
... “servile law” and its rituals of expulsion and dehumanization. By following three main groups of people who are both made into themselves and transformed into something else by/in lawslaves, criminals, and prisoners of war—she demonstrated that the work of servile law is to make and unmake persons, to...