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Small Axe (2018) 22 (3 (57)): 28–36.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Bonnie Thomas Rodney Saint-Éloi is one of the most exciting contemporary writers of Haitian origin, and yet his work is little studied in the academic world. Saint-Éloi, who was born in Haiti in 1963 and migrated to Montreal, Canada, in 2001, has maintained a long and distinguished career as an...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 60–74.
Published: 01 July 2012
...Edward Baugh A republication of Edward Baugh's essay “The West Indian Writer and His Quarrel with History,” previously published in Tapia in 1977. © 2012 by Small Axe, Inc. 2012 painter and poet walked the hot road, history-less. —Derek Walcott, Another Life With the possible...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 99–107.
Published: 01 July 2012
... critical questions that defined Caribbean writers' relation to the past. In The Pleasures of Exile , Lamming posits quarrelling as a constitutive feature of post- Windrush writing and relations between writers: “For quarrelling may be a necessary error among all men, but it is a distinguishing feature...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 93–110.
Published: 01 September 2003
...Kim Robinson-Walcott Small Axe Incorporated 2003 Claiming an Identity We Thought They Despised: Contemporary White West Indian Writers and Their Negotiation of Race Kim Robinson-Walcott It is not a question of relinquishing privilege. It is a question of grasping more of...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (1): 64–79.
Published: 01 March 2005
...Ifeona Fulani Small Axe Incorporated 2005 Caribbean Women Writers and the Politics of Style: A Case for Literary Anancyism Ifeona Fulani n the introduction to Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature, Carole Boyce Davies and Elaine Savory Fido invoke the concept of...
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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 (3 (60)): 69–85.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez In recent reinterpretations of the Caribbean dictatorial past, Caribbean American writers living in the United States challenge the Latin American dictator novel genre as a discursive tradition that reduces Caribbean culture to specific representations of power, oppression...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 195–205.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Peter James Hudson Held at Montreal’s McGill University from 11 to 14 October 1968, the “Congress of Black Writers: Toward the Second Emancipation—the Dynamics of Black Liberation” was dubbed the largest Black Power conference ever held outside the United States. In Moving Against the System: The...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 107–117.
Published: 01 July 2009
... the past role of whites in a slave society, the dilemma of white Jamaicans is undeniable. Also undeniable, however, is the fact that the costs of being white are outweighed by the benefits, as the white Jamaican writer Anthony C. Winkler acknowledges in two autobiographical works. Winkler experiences...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (3 (33)): 78–88.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Bonnie Thomas Renowned Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé has been a practitioner of littérature-monde for decades. Despite her seminal role in French Caribbean literature she has never limited the subject of her writings, nor her physical inhabitation, to a single confined space. Her extensive...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 35–62.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Christy Wampole This analysis shows the affinity between the concept of essayism and the project of créolisation undertaken by Patrick Chamoiseau and other Martinican writers. By translating the essayistic spirit—the will to assay , to try, to attempt, or to strive—to a non-European context...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 115–122.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Peter Hulme On the forty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Cuban writer Roberto Fernández Retamar's influential polemic Calibán , this essay revisits the circumstances in which Fernández Retamar wrote the piece and assesses its continuing significance for the Caribbean as a region. Attention...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (2 (38)): 86–98.
Published: 01 July 2012
...Laurence A. Breiner Edward Baugh's essay “The West Indian Writer and His Quarrel with History” (1977) presents the quarrel as a condition rather than an event and investigates this specifically Caribbean psychopathology and the defense mechanisms associated with it. The investigation implicitly...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Jack Daniel Webb This essay examines contests over Haitian history between Haitian state actors and British observers—such as diplomats, travel writers, and “journalists”—around the time of Haiti’s commemorations of the centenary of independence in 1904. This was a time for the Haitian people to...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 57–71.
Published: 01 July 2019
... and critiques European historiographical methods. Whereas writers such as Aimé Césaire and Léopold Sédar Senghor present Negritude, paradoxically, as both establishing continuity between the modernist present and the African past and marking a historical break from their poetic predecessors, Sainville...
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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...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 188–202.
Published: 01 November 2017
... the prolonged delay and neglect by Puerto Rico's literary establishment in giving the poet her due recognition? What were some of the circumstances that converged to thrust such a gifted writer and social and political revolutionary into the physical and mental ravages of alcohol addiction, wandering...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 209–218.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Vanessa Pérez-Rosario This essay—a response to a discussion of the author's 2014 book Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon —focuses on the importance of generations, intellectual genealogies, iconicity, and the afterlives of Puerto Rican poet and writer Julia de Burgos...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 64–71.
Published: 01 July 2018
... and the new constitution of 2010 is a significant setback, especially for women’s reproductive rights. Alongside these developments, the essay describes the emergence and consolidation of a new generation of women writers in the Dominican Republic and the diaspora since the 1980s and the growing...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 132–141.
Published: 01 July 2019
... their historical obliteration in Western imaginaries. Three questions guide the commentary: How have Afro-Dominican women been ghosted from national building projects in both the Dominican Republic and the United States? How have Afro-Dominican women writers and performers refused traditional...