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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 37–53.
Published: 01 October 2006
...Kezia Page Small Axe Incorporated 2006 “What If He Did Not Have a Sister [Who Lived in the United States Jamaica Kincaid’s My Brother as Remittance Text Kezia Page In a version of this article presented at a West Indian literature conference in 1998, the title invoked Western...
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Published: 01 November 2014
Figure 1. Detail from Movement No. 7: On Edgar Cairo , with text, “Look how strong he is! Look how weak he is, Look how human he is.” Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, 2014. Photograph by Irene de Groot Figure 1. Detail from Movement No. 7: On Edgar Cairo, with text, “Look how strong he is! Look how More
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 62–76.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Rachel L. Mordecai Despite burgeoning interest in the cultural politics of the Jamaican 1970s, little critical attention has been paid to texts engaging that era in a popular-fiction mode. Starting from the conviction that popular-fiction texts potentially offer new ways of construing and...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 17–34.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Simona Bertacco This essay weaves together translation and postcolonial literary studies to propose a translational model of reading for Caribbean literature. Translation and creolization provide the conceptual and aesthetic lens for reading Caribbean literary texts: If translation is an apt model...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 64–77.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Natalie L. Belisle This essay mines the concept of untranslatability in two texts by Eduardo Lalo: Los países invisibles and La inutilidad. The analysis interrogates the juridical implications of translation within the “world republic of letters,” which ostensibly accrues literary capital to texts...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 168–178.
Published: 01 June 2008
...Anthony Bogues Arguing that An Intellectual History of the Caribbean is an important text in the emerging field of Caribbean intellectual history, this essay suggests that missing from this important text is the working through of an intellectual history that grapples with black religious practices...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 1–16.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Curdella Forbes This examination of Marlon James's novel The Book of Night Women and a selection of Clovis Brown's newspaper cartoons posits these Jamaican-authored works as texts that instantiate a uniquely Caribbean aesthetics of horror in their response to historical and contemporary events...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 23–42.
Published: 01 July 2012
...Curdella Forbes Curdella Forbes deploys a complex of historically marked territorial metaphors— plot, plantation, squatting, trespass , and transgression —to read two apparently different texts, Maryse Condé's quasi-tragic 1976 novel Heremakhonon , which is set on the African continent, and a...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 103–114.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Dominique Chancé This essay discusses Éloge de la créolité and Patrick Chamoiseau’s novels and later texts, arguing that créolité , or creoleness, is far more complex and ambiguous than its critics have hitherto assumed. It is not confined to the Creole language but can be expressed in French, as...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 137–146.
Published: 01 March 2018
... and reflect empiricist desires in literature, gesturing toward a fictional form that would connect with the Real in ways that earlier modes of Caribbean writing could not; and, finally, they become figural modes in fictional texts, informing the créolistes ’ senses of narrative and characterology...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 159–171.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Tsitsi Ella Jaji This essay takes its cue from Louis Chude-Sokei’s The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics . Chude-Sokei’s specific Caribbean matrix of technologically oriented poetics of the human is extended to African and African American texts, illustrating how blackness...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 219–231.
Published: 01 July 2018
... the intimate encounters between Africans and Indians presented in the text to suggest other readings of ordinary proximities beyond violence. In search of answers, Bahadur painstakingly assembles fragments, poring over commissions of inquiry, immigration and surgeon-general reports, untelling the...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 232–243.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Gabrielle Jamela Hosein This commentary on Gaiutra Bahadur’s Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture contextualizes its themes and contribution through engagement with its creative nonfiction form. It places the text within the intellectual trajectory of Indo-Caribbean feminist historiography...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 1–12.
Published: 01 November 2018
... diasporic networks: that of violence in all of its different social registers, from means of social control to response to the traumas of past violence. This essay argues that while James’s text is concerned with unveiling the roots of Jamaica’s violence in late–Cold War US imperialism and the larger...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 123–128.
Published: 01 November 2018
... translator. It treats the part played by the requirement that a translator “write” the work again after the author’s first writing and how this relates to the expected readers of both the “original” and the translation. A solution is found in how words within a text can function to guide a translator to a...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 11–21.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Republic and Jamaica: the anthology Palabras de una isla / Paroles d’une île , Juan Bosch’s story “Luis Pie,” and the Groundwork Theater Company’s Fallen Angel and the Devil Concubine . The author argues that these texts emphasize different critical priorities from the standard concerns of theorists of...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 53–60.
Published: 01 March 2020
... champions of the Antillean Confederation’s idea, but one must wonder why two modern political thinkers recur to the representation of unsuccessful heroes in their fictional texts. Through literary rhetoric, Betances and Hostos proposed a modern subjectivity that could promote national unity and collective...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 175–186.
Published: 01 July 2020
...Charisse Burden-Stelly This essay offers a critical engagement with historian Peter James Hudson’s groundbreaking text Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean . It begins with an analysis of Hudson’s detailed account of the entanglements of the internationalization of US banking...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 16–30.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Lucy Swanson This essay examines the second installment of Martinican author Patrick Chamoiseau’s trilogy Une enfance créole , using Chemin-d’école to consider how writers from the Caribbean may deploy magic in their texts in alternative ways to the magical realist mode, which critics have argued...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 128–142.
Published: 01 November 2020
....” Newspaper articles, unpublished interviews, and other texts reveal that Bailey used the center to articulate a vision of working-class black ladyhood that advanced black women’s sense of racial dignity by valorizing elitist, patriarchal narratives at work in 1950s Jamaica. In doing so, Bailey ultimately...