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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 74–83.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Maeve McCusker In an interview which took place in the Maison Française, Oxford, on 10 May 2008, the day instituted by the Chirac government to commemorate the crime of slavery, Patrick Chamoiseau discusses his attempts to raise consciousness of slavery among young Antilleans. He reflects on his...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 152–162.
Published: 01 November 2010
... history. BOOK DISCUSSION: Susan Buck-Morss, Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), 160 pages; ISBN: 978-0822959786 (paper). Antinomies of Slavery, Enlightenment, and Universal History David Scott Etudier Saint-Domingue, c’est étudier...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 5–19.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Fayçal Falaky This essay engages the broad question of the relation between the French Enlightenment and colonial racial slavery by exploring the literature of planters and slavetraders in the French Caribbean and showing how the ideals of French Enlightenment philosophy were not always framed as...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 144–153.
Published: 01 March 2012
... emergence of dynamic new plantation economies in British Guiana and Trinidad are discussed in the essay, which concludes with an examination of the imperative for scholars to continue to offer detailed histories of Caribbean slavery and emancipation while simultaneously focusing on British themes. © Small...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 154–167.
Published: 01 March 2012
... records to construct what amounts to a forensic prosopography, endeavoring to “locate the accountability for slavery more precisely” than has previously been possible. Reviewing Draper's text, this essay locates compensation in relation to other public policies of the period associated with the rise of...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 220–228.
Published: 01 March 2019
... informed speculation in scholarly work on slavery and black revolution. The artists of Visionary Aponte could no more answer questions about what Aponte and his fellow revolutionaries were feeling, thinking, imagining than I could, replying on textual archives. But their engagement with the material...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 208–219.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Laura Rosanne Adderley This essay uses Ada Ferrer’s book Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution as a starting point for revisiting the intellectual project of comparative slavery within the Caribbean. Freedom’s Mirror focuses on neighboring territories—Cuba and Hispaniola—during...
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Small Axe (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 (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 18–38.
Published: 01 March 2018
... potential to critically disrupt analyses of slavery’s archives that threaten to reproduce or even exacerbate their violence. 21 Hasday shows that in the United States “[a] majority of states still retain some form of the common law regime,” under which “husbands were exempt from prosecution for raping...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 186–204.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Stephen Best Huey Copeland's Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America can be categorized as the most recent in a long line of scholarly investigations into what has come to be called “the afterlife of slavery”—the general preoccupation with establishing the...
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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 (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 167–174.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Marisa J. Fuentes This book discussion essay addresses critical questions concerning historical methodologies when working with the archives of Atlantic-world slavery. Thinking with Hazel V. Carby’s Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands , the essay considers the power of historical memoir to...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 25–36.
Published: 01 November 2009
... slavery, 2004 was the 200 th anniversary of the Haitian Declaration of Independence and 2006 marked 60 years since Martinique and Guadeloupe became part of metropolitan France as overseas departments. French Caribbean writers have been vital to the public activities associated with remembrance of slavery...
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Small Axe (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 (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 97–110.
Published: 01 July 2010
...Petrine Archer This article explores the repeating patterns of the subordinate colonial relationship using a handful of pictures that make links between slavery, pageantry, racial uplift, Jamaica's dancehall culture, and dress. Through a truncated discussion about the body, emasculation, clothing...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 1–14.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Saidiya Hartman This essay examines the ubiquitous presence of Venus in the archive of Atlantic slavery and wrestles with the impossibility of discovering anything about her that hasn't already been stated. As an emblematic figure of the enslaved woman in the Atlantic world, Venus makes plain the...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 181–190.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Louis Chude-Sokei In the African diaspora, Jamaica is one of the primary spaces where the discourse of racial or cultural roots becomes sutured to technology and where the political legacies of race, slavery, and imperialism become enshrined in the public sphere of popular music alongside dreams of...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 98–111.
Published: 01 March 2009
... autobiographical genre in reckoning with histories of slavery and empire, beginning with The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself (1789), and concluding with Carby's own autobiography-in-progress, “Child of Empire: Racializing Subjects in Post...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 148–163.
Published: 01 July 2009
... icons. Unlike many of the pre-lenten carnivals in the region, Crop Over celebrates the end of the sugar cane season, and directly ties the subversive elements and inversions of traditional carnival to the sugar economy of the Caribbean, and its historical dependence on slavery. While traditional...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2013
... which the idea of a black radical tradition has been employed. The essay suggests that “Africa” and “slavery” are recurrent tropes of this tradition and gives the example of Edward Kamau Brathwaite's discussion of Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa . 13 Once again I would like to thank...