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Published: 01 July 2017
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 166–181.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Greg Beckett This essay explores the significance of Michel-Rolph Trouillot's final work, Global Transformations: Anthropology and the Modern World . It posits that Trouillot's argument contains three key claims. First, that anthropology is predicated on a problematic alterity, a way of thinking...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 72–79.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Laurent Dubois This essay grapples with the problem of how to think Haiti's nineteenth century, analyzing a range of literature that has tackled the question and exploring key themes in these works. Understanding this period in Haiti's history is critical for any comprehension of the long-term...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 16–30.
Published: 01 November 2020
... of French civilization through the lens of the magical or marvelous. Ultimately, this essay argues, Chemin-d’école looks beyond magical motifs as mere emblems of tradition or authenticity. Using them instead to portray the neocolonial “civilizing mission” as its own form of magical thinking, the narration...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 169–170.
Published: 01 July 2021
... tradition, saving us from our own alienation, colonization, and ambivalence. This essay takes inspiration from Beyond Coloniality to respond to the climate-political-social-cultural crisis in the Caribbean and to think through the possibilities for futurity in relation to reparative justice and ecological...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 75–89.
Published: 01 March 2009
...Rinaldo Walcott The attempt to narrate and represent a coherent black masculinity in its singularity is in part what I want to respond to in this essay. But even more, I want to suggest that thinking about a range and variety of black manhoods and masculinities might provide analysts with a set...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 197–208.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Faith Smith This essay uses the three interlocutors' reflections to return to Creole Recitations , and to reconsider Thomas's nineteenth century as an arena for thinking about Caribbean male intellectuals' self-fashioning and desire, diaspora and degeneration, the sexual politics of creolization...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 218–228.
Published: 01 July 2009
... think about ways of knowing (including subject positions, relationships, disciplines) in the Caribbean? How do we best think about ways of writing Caribbean culture (literary modes, social science modes), the languages needed to express what Bilby calls the “ineffable”? To what extent and in what ways...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 14–27.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Barnor Hesse Nahum Chandler, in his remarkably evocative book X—The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought , works with the Derridean idea of the exorbitant to argue that W. E. B. Du Bois's thinking exceeds and transforms the terms of Western critical thought on modernity. Du Bois...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 1–7.
Published: 01 July 2013
...David Scott This essay urges that in considering the question of Caribbean studies we think not only about the substantive content of our work but also about the senses in which this work makes assumptions about the idea and project of Caribbean studies as a conceptual-ideological field. The essay...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 167–176.
Published: 01 July 2023
...Rajiv Mohabir This essay is a reading of Andil Gosine’s Nature’s Wild: Love, Sex, and Law in the Caribbean (2021) that thinks through the author’s contributions on LGBTQ+ history, art, and activism in the Caribbean. It begins with a look at how the animal is wielded discursively to deride queerness...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 135–153.
Published: 01 July 2011
...Stephen Narain “Battie Boy,” set in 1950s Barbados, explores a young boy's decision to fight the taunts thrown at him by school-yard bullies. It traces his realization that, to truly come of age, he must find a space where he can think and grow on his own terms. © 2011 by Small Axe, Inc. 2011...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2013
...David Scott This short essay offers one frame in which to think about the idea of a black radical tradition, a term whose elements are all essentially unstable and contested. What is at stake is a historically minded inquiry into “uses” rather than “meanings”—that is, the historical conjunctures...
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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 (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 163–172.
Published: 01 November 2010
..., and violence. The slave insurgency in Saint Domingue thus becomes a privileged moment in universal history. While I find Buck-Morss' reading of Hegel's master-slave dialectic in light of the Haitian Revolution more persuasive than many other recent attempts at thinking universality in relation to slave...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 37–54.
Published: 01 March 2015
... in the short story collection Tropic Death and the pamphlet The British Negro , respectively. The essay demonstrates how and why South Africa proved significant to an emergent radical consciousness in the Caribbean and the vicissitudes of turning to south(ern), not only West, Africa to think through Africa...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 90–106.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Kavita Ashana Singh While models of creoleness in the Caribbean reinscribe a theoretical monolingualism, thinking about regional literature as multilingual instead allows for an understanding of the ongoing relationality, conflictuality, and creativity produced in the translative modes through...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 193–199.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Deborah A. Thomas This short essay is a response to the reflections of Nadia Ellis, Rivke Jaffe, and Neil Roberts regarding Exceptional Violence. It uses their reflections as a springboard to think through anthropological practice more broadly. © Small Axe, Inc. 2014 I want to state up front...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 178–187.
Published: 01 November 2014
... and elaborate her response as a kind of homage to these readers. In thinking of each section of her response essay as part of a triptych (or trinity, perhaps), mutually overlapping and entangled, Dayan takes the questions and prompts of her interlocutors as a challenge, a call to a practice of spiritual...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 48–62.
Published: 01 November 2017
... resentment, betrayal, disillusion, disappointment, detachment, shame, and contempt. Thus, rather than understanding pessimism as debilitating impasse or frustrated returns, thinking through its generativity reveals how these late-colonial-Jamaican writers anticipated current critical theories about failure's...