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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.

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