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Caryl Phillips, David Dabydeen and Fred D'AguiarRepresentations of Slavery$
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Abigail Ward

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082757

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082757.001.0001

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David Dabydeen and the ethics of narration

David Dabydeen and the ethics of narration

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Caryl Phillips, David Dabydeen and Fred D'Aguiar

Abigail Ward

Manchester University Press

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

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