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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 136–145.
Published: 01 July 2023
... ideas developed and we sought to incorporate other voices, we decided to make this a true collaboration between an ethnographer and a theater maker by presenting what would have been an essay as a kind of play. Each of the three speech acts constitutes a major division of this essay, much as an act...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 218–227.
Published: 01 November 2020
... this very same problem. Let me clarify. I draw on Wynter’s suggestion that the lack of official speech acts for “Caliban’s Woman” represents the absented presence of black women, hints at a demonic site that is produced as the unassimilable outside to the congress’s official proceedings, and is muted (vis...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 133–143.
Published: 01 November 2022
... history of personal and collective archival work, the author has at times found, in collaboration with literary peers, that Puerto Ricans often act as self-translators, archivists, and historians, while navigating the conditional visibility and general invisibilization of their modes of speech...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 123–140.
Published: 01 July 2014
... of communicating and sharing the trials of life.” 10 Lila Abu-Lughod has gone so far as to say that a return to narrative is a political act, a critique of transcendentalisms that can enable hierarchy and division. 11 However, studying unsanctioned speech requires reconceiving the boundaries...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 226–236.
Published: 01 November 2023
... could apply to the divergent meaning of a given utterance, word, or speech act in any language, Philip’s sense of the linguistic collision implicit in the concept grapples with the very notion of what constitutes a proper language, what is deemed as suitable or superior speech, for a subjugated...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 30–54.
Published: 01 March 2022
... of speech act theory, not imbued with the illocutionary force that accompanies a speech act made from a position of authority. 25 As opposed to, say, an official rapport (report), a mémoire in this context never rises to the status of authoritative or declarative government documentation. Mémoires do...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 90–97.
Published: 01 March 2009
... while remaining (dare I say it) strange. More to the point, Carby suggests that, the observations of James notwithstanding, all intellectuals bear awkward, sometimes intimate, sometimes hostile relationships to notions of natal commu- nity and home. The most profound speech acts, our most...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 115–127.
Published: 01 July 2018
... appearance (reddish hair) implies a notion of “passing” that is undermined by the “trace of Spanish accent” that also inhabits the María Montez persona. Montez’s charm and talent, as contemporary reports make clear, were inextricably linked to her physical presence and her speech acts. Montez appeared...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 152–163.
Published: 01 July 2019
... made room for certain forms of black freedom that, even when not codified by law, influenced what would become norms of behavior, self-fashioning, and ephemeral speech acts in this territory. Rare is the Caribbean person who assumes that Caribbean islands are interchangeable with each other...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 1–20.
Published: 01 July 2017
... already radicalized (drawn a hard line) in the Saussurean sign and found moi dissipated in the rules of this language made unconscious, he must ask who is speaking or making enunciations, which he defines as unconscious. What has been regarded in linguistic theory as a speech act or performative...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 17–41.
Published: 01 July 2010
... of respectable social norms through violent speech acts and a general disregard for decorum. Added to this rich historical tradition, Tosh forces a recognition of the otherworldly, mystical roots of Rastafari (often dismissed by more Judeo-Christian inflected orthodoxies of interpretation within...
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Small Axe (2024) 28 (1 (73)): 164–175.
Published: 01 March 2024
... in which knowledge drops on all as lead. The efforts of closing knowledge, marked by the classic fascist speech-act technique of preemptive strikes against critique through the mechanisms of slur—What, after all, is the neoconservative assault on wokeness and critical race theory but to close off...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 65–83.
Published: 01 November 2015
... and time, and this is the root of speech acts, art, and politics, and why they cannot be separated from each other. The black body, in dub poetry, is not only a means of communication. It also works to bring into alignment sound archives of the black Atlantic. Dub poetry, in many ways, is an unfinished...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 19–39.
Published: 01 June 2006
... activities from the 1960s forward, particularly the Grenada Revolution, organizing conferences and writing speeches for Maurice Bishop. Much of this work appears in his two collections of Conversations. Carter, who like Lamming became a prolific public lecturer during the 1960s and 1970s, acted...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 160–165.
Published: 01 November 2021
... Miguel Curet and Urayoán Noel. Finally, I am grateful for the great work of copyeditors Alex Martin and Kelly S. Martin; they have made these texts shine more. These challenges in the text (and the act of translating them) shine light on part of the significance of “Speech at the Masonic Lodge...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 31–51.
Published: 01 November 2022
... and women in print, these verbal arts were not always tolerated by authorities. In the wake of riots in 1856 and 1889, legislation was passed to outlaw a swath of public speech acts that included “insulting song[s] or ballad[s].” 67 It should also be made clear that Quow’s constant harping...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 1–14.
Published: 01 June 2008
... as possible the conditions that determine the appearance of Venus and that dictate her silence. Small Axe Incorporated 2008 This content is made freely available by the publisher. It may not be redistributed or altered. All rights reserved. Venus in Two Acts Saidiya Hartman Ab s t r a c...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 95–116.
Published: 01 November 2023
... Mitchell-Kernan, “Signifying, Loud-Talking, and Marking,” in Thomas Kochman, ed., Rappin’ and Stylin’ Out: Communication in Urban Black America (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1972), 315–35; and “Signifying and Marking: Two Afro-American Speech Acts,” in John Gumperz and Dell Hymes, eds...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 206–217.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., where most of the speakers were based, shows that black women often led and organized alongside black men, and at times they also organized among themselves for themselves. Moving Against the System performs an important recuperative act by presenting us with these speeches as a reminder...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 194–202.
Published: 01 November 2023
... through him Walter met Marcelino dos Santos of the Frente de Libertação de Moçambique, or FRELIMO, the Mozambique guerrilla liberation army. It is not by chance that How Europe Underdeveloped Africa opens with Che Guevara’s 1964 speech “On Development” to the plenary of the UN Conference on Trade...