David Dabydeen and the ethics of narration

Abigail Ward

in Caryl Phillips, David Dabydeen and Fred D'Aguiar

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082757
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703250 | DOI:
David Dabydeen and the ethics of narration

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This chapter studies Dabydeen's move away from the historical archive in responding to the past in terms of slavery. It presents a deliberate vandalisation of—and disrespect towards—received history. It notes that Dabydeen's primary concern is with the ethics of representing slavery and that his works reveal his anxieties about audience and received readers for his texts. This chapter also examines A Harlot's Progress and The Counting House, where Dabydeen studies the role of Indian indentured labourers. A study of his narrative poem ‘Turner’ is included.

Keywords: historical archive; slavery; received history; ethics of narration; representation; Indian indentured labourers; The Counting House; narrative poem; Turner; A Harlot's Progress

Chapter.  16983 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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