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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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 15–27.
Published: 01 March 2021
... grounds as a land commons that produce food sovereignty and communal identity. Then he represents the Jamaican Maroons’ local ecological knowledge as a source of resistance to plantation economies. Using Sylvia Wynter’s environmental theories of resistance, this essay argues that Wedderburn’s political...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 133–148.
Published: 01 June 2008
... rereads the Marcelins' prescient novel and addresses its critics in light of critical theory and ethnography. Small Axe Incorporated 2008 ...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 37–50.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Valérie Loichot This essay sheds light on family relations in Octavia Butler's fantasy neo-slave narrative Kindred (1979) through Édouard Glissant's theories of kinship and Relation. This comparative gesture thus relate Glissant's Caribbean texts to an unlikely kin, a Californian African American...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 7–23.
Published: 01 July 2011
... its various discourses of homophobia. I suggest that the development of an interpretative practice that brings together queer theory, African diasporic studies, dancehall studies, and performance studies will enable the reading of those elements of dancehall that exceed or go against the grain of...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 24–42.
Published: 01 July 2011
... member of the International African Service Bureau. Finally, this essay stresses how the Caribbean labour rebellions themselves, with their demonstration of the “modernity” of the mass of working people in the West Indies and apparent vindication of the Marxist theory of permanent revolution, played...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 62–79.
Published: 01 November 2011
...). Drawing on the insights of queer theory, the author argue that the hyperconsciousness of stigma in the Haitian context imposes limits on the imaginings of AIDS in cultural production; thus even as artists enter into their representation with overtly political intentions, they are unwittingly enmeshed in...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 111–120.
Published: 01 November 2010
... out there. In particular, I focus attention on potential weaknesses in these two overlapping theories of world literature. For although both of the projects are undeniably well intentioned, the self-serving aspects of the Littérature-monde manifesto, and the utopian dimension of Glissant's thinking...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 18–34.
Published: 01 November 2014
... interracial connection and intraethnic division. While these counternarratives remain provocations defined by the particular context of African and Indian relations in “rural cosmopolitan” Trinidad, altered solidarities point toward wider interventions in debates that surround pluralism, creolization theory...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 114–124.
Published: 01 March 2014
... crossing gestures toward other ways or modes of affiliation: it represents a desire for an “Elsewhere,” for cross-racial, cross-national, cross-gender, or cross-sexual identifications or moments of solidarity. Condé's novel anticipates queer diaspora theory inaugurated by scholars such as David Eng, among...