Fred D’Aguiar and the memorialisation of slavery

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:
Fred D’Aguiar and the memorialisation of slavery

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This chapter is focused on D'Aguiar, who struggles with the problems of representing the past of slave trading. It observes that he shares Dabydeen and Phillips' concerns with the historical record about the slave trade, and notes that he has written about the issues surrounding examining accounts of received history. This chapter considers the possibility that D'Aguiar is deeply troubled by the act of writing about the memory of slavery. It also tries to answer the question of how people are supposed to remember slavery a hundred and fifty years after its end and with the lack of witnesses.

Keywords: slave trading; historical record; memory of slavery; witnesses; remembering

Chapter.  17156 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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