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Small Axe (2014) 18 (1 (43)): 149–160.
Published: 01 March 2014
... and how do the sites of exchange, primarily represented by “the shop” in West Indian literature, potentially produce a new language of critique? To that end, this essay is interested in the meeting of vernaculars in Lee's writing, specifically how his use of “pidgin” and “patois” reflects...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 226–236.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Supriya M. Nair This essay discusses Belinda Edmondson’s Creole Noise: Early Caribbean Dialect Literature and Performance (2022). The author shows how Edmondson challenges Standard English dismissals of anglophone Caribbean vernaculars as an inferior form of English and reorients the historical...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 138–150.
Published: 01 November 2013
... as a graininess —against the unmarked fluency of the conventional translator. Repurposing Folkart's metaphor, this essay argues that graininess is central to Williams's poetics, from his associative leaps to his transcultural approach to vernacular language. Paying particular attention to Williams's rendering...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 90–106.
Published: 01 November 2014
... which literary expression negotiates between the primary languages of the region. In reading for the translative, writing that works between vernaculars or Creoles and dominant European languages, we can identify a distinctly Caribbean mode of expression. In this essay, translative analyses of Derek...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 186–202.
Published: 01 July 2013
.... If in mapping our understanding of the location and nature of Caribbean architecture our purpose is critical clarity, we may wish to consider alternatives to the ways it is habitually interpreted, that is, as an activity grounded in the vernacular or in often tired notions of history or style. Architecture...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 237–245.
Published: 01 November 2023
... African folk culture during slavery, and twentieth-century blackface minstrelsy in the anglophone Caribbean, among other discomfiting vernacular forebears. In the last fifteen years or so, a group of scholars—Edmondson in her previous work, Faith Smith, Leah Rosenberg, Evelyn O’Callaghan, and Raphael...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 198–212.
Published: 01 July 2012
... of the Grotesque in the Black Avant-Garde,” in Mercer, Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures , 139. 32 In these lines, I take up and echo comments by Rosalind Krauss in Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Silvia Kolbowski, Miwon Kwon, and Benjamin Buchloh, “The Politics of the Signifier: A Conversation on the Whitney...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 31–51.
Published: 01 November 2022
... the great, one might say revolutionary, achievement of Louise Bennett of Jamaica towards the middle of the twentieth century, an achievement belatedly acknowledged. Then came considerable poets of the vernacular across the region, e.g. Bruce St John of Barbados and Paul Keens-Douglas of Grenada and Trinidad...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 58–73.
Published: 01 July 2013
...; to localized or vernacular rather than globalized knowledge and memory; to transient expressions of popular opinion; and to exploration of controversial issues about which people were not willing to speak publicly. Common to both research contexts was that my encounter with the “field” in question—Trinidad...
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Small Axe (2001) 5 (2): 1–20.
Published: 01 September 2001
... ese First Years: Caribbean Voices,” in Tibisiri: Caribbean Writers and Critics, ed. Maggie Butcher (Denmark: Dangaroo Press, 1989), 61. 1155 that employed the vernacular of specifi c territories for literary eff ect. 8...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 45–62.
Published: 01 November 2021
... for Cuba Libre against foolish and ghoulish foes. The series is a far cry from the didactic and panegyric rhetoric that has customarily shrouded the national epic—and by extension, the socialist epic. With vernacular humor and festive flair, Elpidio Valdés renders history and revolution a jocular...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (3): 54–69.
Published: 01 October 2006
... turned to the dub poetry movement that was made into a potent cultural force in Jamaica by Rastafarians including poet Bongo Jerry as a way of developing a vernacular aesthetic. Such an aesthetic, LKJ believed, offered a vital connection to the lives of black diaspora youths, and responded...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (1): 59–76.
Published: 01 March 2002
... to reconfi gure the inherited genre of the bourgeois English novel in terms of its appropria- tion by West Indian writers. A e enterprise of appropriation must of necessity embrace West Indian vernacular speech and traditions, “the people’s speech, the organic music of the earth,” and its focus...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 33–48.
Published: 01 July 2023
... Modernism: Postwar London and the West Indian Novel (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013). I reflect on this more in Scott, “Stuart Hall’s Vernacular Modernism,” 38–39. 21 See Neville Dawes, “Preliminary Sketch for an Autobiography,” in Fugue and Other Writings (Leeds: Peepal Tree...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 75–89.
Published: 01 March 2009
... that embraces incoherence, begging us to tell a story that is always only contextual and indeed constantly shifting, but one also embedded in histories of the vernacular and the everyday. In essence, then, it calls for a politics and ethics that refuses certain kinds of advance knowl- edge...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (1): 112–119.
Published: 01 March 2005
... of translation within black internationalism is at once anthropo- logical and linguistic, according to Edwards. Translation is an act that rarely brings the literal meanings of words and text from one linguistic community to another unscathed or in their entirety. Matters of dialect—idiomatic and vernacular...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 186–197.
Published: 01 July 2012
... ; Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures ; and Exiles, Diasporas, and Strangers —underline and draw attention to that schism, consisting as they do of investigations into art practices that are decidedly twentieth century in their existences, thereby arguably rendering them peripheral, but tolerable as far...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 17–34.
Published: 01 July 2020
... the translation of vernacular texts into other languages, which is certainly a crucial aspect of the circulation and appreciation of this body of literature, but the kind of translation I wish to explore here concerns how the multiplicity of languages and styles writers have at their disposal are used within...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 179–180.
Published: 01 March 2012
..., American literature, anglophone Caribbean literature, and gender and cultural studies. She is currently transforming her dissertation into a book project tentatively titled “Cinematic Vernacular in Black Fiction.” Mark Raymond is an architect based in Port of Spain, Trinidad. After...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 172–180.
Published: 01 March 2018
... of electronic music, this is an analysis that builds on the remarkable resonance and influence of the Jamaican sound system and all that follows. It is more than convenient that one vernacular name for a sound system is simply a sound , a term that, as Chude-Sokei is quick to emphasize, “foregrounds technology...