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Published: 01 July 2017
Roshini Kempadoo, Face Up , 2015. Screenshots from one short story (“Deirdre”). All images courtesy of the artist More
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 170–177.
Published: 01 July 2012
..., keeping the fruit circulating and making up deficiencies where he seeing them, like keeping a balance in nature or like supply-side economics, with him as middle man. Everyone in our suburban area of houses scrambling along the face of the steep hill slope have a favourite Ghost story. When we meet up...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 74–93.
Published: 01 February 2006
...Hilda Lloréns Small Axe Incorporated 2006 Dislocated Geographies: A Story of Border Crossings Hilda Lloréns Sunrise of the fi rst day and the passengers were already acting as though they belonged to one family. It was not long before we came to know each other’s life...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 169–181.
Published: 01 February 2008
... the Police. Call the Army. Call God. And Let’s Have One Helluva Big Story”: On Writing Caribbean Art Histories After Postcoloniality Krista A. Thompson Ab s t r a c t : Are there intrinsic and unique ways of representing the “visual atmospherics” of the Caribbean? Might...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 135–150.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Roshini Kempadoo, Face Up , 2015. Screenshots from one short story (“Deirdre”). All images courtesy of the artist ...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 154–162.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Petra R. Rivera-Rideau This essay applies Ren Ellis Neyra’s concepts of defiance, solidarity, and mulitpoetic sensorial listening from The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020) to the author’s own family story about how her great-aunt ate the telegram announcing her...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 45–62.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Éric Morales-Franceschini Whether emplotted as epic or as tragedy, the tales told about a nation’s revolutionary past do not tend to elicit laughter as much as awe and solemnity. This is the case with Cuba’s national epic, the story of its nineteenth-century wars for independence (1868–98...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 100–114.
Published: 01 July 2019
...Ira Mathur As the Me Too movement gathers momentum, the conversation about the historical exploitation of women and sexual power dynamics has spread to Caribbean literature. This story uses the Poui blossom that flowers in the dry season in Trinidad, an island in the Caribbean, as a metaphor...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 53–64.
Published: 01 November 2020
... and economic affairs. It argues that by the end of the long 1950s, the earlier-twentieth-century story of an emergent civil society in Jamaica was displaced by the story of political society. The result has been a formal decolonization that lacked some of the decolonial social and cultural visions of earlier...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 36–49.
Published: 01 July 2021
.... Through her bomba and plena compositions, she helped forge modern black Puerto Rican music amid the rapid industrialization of Puerto Rico after the 1950s. However, her story has been overshadowed by the aura of her son, the legendary Afro–Puerto Rican singer Ismael “Maelo” Rivera (1931–87). Although Doña...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 24–44.
Published: 01 November 2021
... Rueda’s 1998 Las metamorfosis de Makandal , in which François Makandal is imagined as a protean god. The author argues that Rueda’s Makandal is best understood as the embodiment of the vanguard poetic movement, Pluralismo . The Maroon becomes a central figure in the island’s story, as well as a figure...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2014
...” LGBT individuals present to the nation. Chin's identity as a woman of Chinese and African descent calls into question a unitary identity or origin story for Caribbean subjects and asks which bodies are allowed to be legitimate citizens of the postindependence Caribbean. Chin's personal experiences...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 123–134.
Published: 01 July 2017
... the origins of the roti, and Harnarine's 2011 Doubles with Slight Pepper , in which Trinidadian street food features in a story about migration and a father-son relationship. 3 Francesco Nacchia, “Trinidadian English Creole, Hybrid Identities, and Tasty Food: Audiovisual Translation and Multimodal...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 35–56.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Tao Leigh Goffe This essay focuses on artwork that centers family photographs and home movies as a point of departure to trouble the conventional family album in order to narrate a story about Caribbean Chinese kinship. In the art examined, personal visual archives are used to respond to the lacuna...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 41–49.
Published: 01 March 2009
... the juxtapositions of various voices this work examines how the legacy of black families in the Caribbean connects with the stories of European maritime `hero's, such as Frances Drake, Christopher Columbus, Walter Raleigh and James Cook. Images of state sanctioned and educational authorities are placed alongside...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 154–163.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Andrea E. Shaw “Dieu est mon pilote à Tanqueray” is a short story about a young man named Lemuel and his journey from Haiti to South Florida. As Lemuel prepares for the trip, the ship's captain shows him the sail that is made out of material from a discarded billboard. On the sail is a handsome...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 50–70.
Published: 01 March 2013
... to tell the story of Garvey's involvement and association with the Brotherhood movement, this essay also suggests that Garvey's patrons in the movement financed his return to Jamaica but that the outbreak of World War I interrupted their support and thus the implementation of his plan for a Jamaican...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 42–55.
Published: 01 July 2010
...Tanya Batson-Savage While the Jamaican film industry is still fledgling, Jamaicans and Jamaica have made many cameos and acted as the background against which stories from Hollywood and other areas around the world are crafted. This article takes particular aim at three films: The Mighty Quinn...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 39–61.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Elvira Pulitano This interview addresses some of the most important issues explored in the fiction and nonfiction of Edwidge Danticat, such as migration, exile, home, language, Dyaspora, and the connection between stories and human rights action. The interview also discusses Danticat's activist...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 36–52.
Published: 01 July 2014
..., loudspeakers, words, and sounds become actants in this story. This essay looks at what difference they made in the waning moments of British rule in Jamaica and whether it might it be useful to attend to the role of sound in discussions of governance and colonial encounters. © Small Axe, Inc. 2014 “Let...