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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 5-19.
Published: 01 March 2015
... the blacks so you could be spared having to grieve for the French Guards.” 10 This sort of dissonance also echoed on the other side of the Atlantic. Like d'Escherny, many slaveholders and sympathizers accentuated the theory and practice divide to frame Rousseau's or, in general, the philosophes...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 20-36.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Jeannine Murray-Román In the early 1990s, chaos theory captured the imagination of Caribbean writers by offering a new approach to interpreting scientific data. In its analysis of Edouard Glissant's Poétique de la Relation alongside Antonio Benítez-Rojo's introduction to The Repeating Island and...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 92-112.
Published: 01 March 2016
... reveals a particular investment in a specific way of being human and questions what such investments mean for black liberation, gender relations, and power/knowledge. © Small Axe, Inc. 2016 Masculinity studies feminist theory A number of questions might well be raised about the now...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 186-192.
Published: 01 October 2006
...Idara Hippolyte Small Axe Incorporated 2006 Un-Theory Idara Hippolyte Sound Clash announces itself on page two as the culmination of Carolyn Cooper’s reflections on Jamaican dancehall since her inaugural 1989 essay, “Slackness Hiding from Culture.”1 As such, it invites an...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 160-167.
Published: 01 June 2008
... of historical narrative and discursive inventiveness. Small Axe Incorporated 2008 On the Impossibility of All Possibility in Caribbean Theory José F. Buscaglia-Salgado Ab s t r a c t : Silvio Torres-Saillant’s passionate defense of Caribbean intellectual traditions is far from...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 35-51.
Published: 01 November 2014
...David Scott This essay inquires into the uses of Haiti and its revolution as emblematic for contemporary theory. It raises a question about the new “philosophic” construction of Haiti—and its revolution—as an originary or exemplary moment of “human rights,” less to impugn universality as such than...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 188-198.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Rachel Douglas This review engages with fundamental questions regarding postcolonial canon formation and the marginalization of the Haitian Spiralist writers, the theory-centrism of postcolonial criticism, and “showing” versus “telling”—issues raised by Kaiama L. Glover's Haiti Unbound . Using as a...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 97-111.
Published: 01 March 2019
... firmly to the party line and were outraged by the slander of the ungrateful students. Socialism! offers an excellent archive for documenting WPJ’s dogmas, theories, and sense of politics. 24 That sense of politics, drawing on our knowledge and lived experience of postindependence Jamaica, was...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 175-186.
Published: 01 July 2016
..., Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory (2014), addresses some of these anxieties in a critical assessment of social thought, subaltern insurgencies, and the politics of radical intellectuals in the Commonwealth Caribbean. While the collection affirms Meeks's confidence in the...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 103-118.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Rae Ann Meriwether In this essay, Meriwether argues that Erna Brodber's representation of Vodou, spiritism, and blues music in her novel Louisiana illuminates a shared praxis among Afro-diasporic subjects that forms the basis of their viable political community. Using Houston A. Baker Jr.'s theory...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 55-69.
Published: 01 March 2018
... establishes connections between Puerto Ricans and Dominicans through an understanding of their shared marginalization as black subjects. This has important implications for African diaspora theory, which has typically neglected Puerto Rican and Dominican engagements with blackness. Calderón disrupts two...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 109-117.
Published: 01 March 2015
... work, this essay raises some of the difficulties posed to the Brazilian reader by Hall's texts and their deep roots in English-speaking cultures, as well as how his understanding of theory and concepts is sometimes misread. It then presents some of the ways Hall was important to the author's work on...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 173-179.
Published: 01 July 2014
... particular note of the role of critical theory, as well as of gender and sexuality, in the contemporary literature. © Small Axe, Inc. 2014 Music has long been understood to be central to the lived experience of black people. But from what source does the music of “afro-sonic modernity,” as Alexander...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 37-54.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Africa as a conceptual frame in Caribbean theory and literature. This essay pushes for a New World African diasporic rethinking of Cape Town as an alternative city-space within such imaginaries—alternative to that for which Harlem has become metonymic: the New Negro and the Renaissance in black literary...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 37-46.
Published: 01 March 2016
... most important unpublished nonfiction work by an anglophone Caribbean intellectual and is the major guide to the transition in Wynter's thought between her work mainly on the Caribbean and black America in the 1960s and 1970s and her theory of the human from the early 1980s onward. Not only does the...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 113-128.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Nijah Cunningham As the recent revival of Sylvia Wynter's scholarship has commanded the attention of a younger generation of scholars, the special section of Small Axe dedicated to her “forgotten” work provides an occasion to reconsider the prehistory to her theory of the human. Rather than simply...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 164-174.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Maziki Thame This essay discusses Brian Meeks's assertions on the centrality of democracy to transforming the Caribbean in his book Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory (2014). It considers the relationship between democracy and revolution in the Caribbean in light of Meeks's...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (3 39): 39-57.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of dynamism and memory. The visual—and tactile—creations of Anicet complement the theories of Suzanne Césaire, Edouard Glissant, Monchoachi, and Derek Walcott. (In French) © 2012 by Small Axe, Inc. 2012 Victor Anicet : Le pays-Martinique; ou, Le bleu de la Restitution Naïma Hachad et...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 187-198.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Brian Meeks In 2014, the author published a volume of essays, Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory , which Small Axe editor David Scott proposed might form the basis for a discussion around Meeks's work and its broader contribution to debates surrounding contemporary Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 123-135.
Published: 01 July 2013
... create a counterhistory of the present. Reading the novel through the lens of Afrofuturism and via Kamau Brathwaite's conception of a Caribbean cosmology and Sylvia Wynter's theories of aethetics, this essay examines the novel's representation of “the free”: a rapidly changing present existing...