New Essays on the Work of David Dabydeen
- Published: November 2011
The publication of Talking Words has been designed to coincide with that of Pak’s Britannica: Articles by and Interviews with David Dabydeen, and provides the reader with a complementary set of essays that are focused exclusively on Dabydeen’s fictional output. Each of the ten essays was specially commissioned or extensively revised for this book, and collectively they provide new insights in his earlier poetry and the six novels published to date. Talking Words offers a fresh look by Caribbean scholars from across the world at all of Dabydeen’s major works, and clearly demonstrates the continuing interest in critical appraisal of his writing.
The book has been divided into two sections, each of which contains articles whose focus is predominantly on one aspect of Dabydeen’s writing – his poetry or his novels.
Part 1. Poetic Reappraisals
Cultural Hybridity in David Dabydeen’s Poetry
Living Beadless in a Foreign Land: David Dabydeen’s Poetry of Disappearance
Fresh Names: Audience, Authenticity and the African Imaginary in Turner and A Harlot’s Progress
Part 2 (Re)reading the Novels
Translating The Intended
Intertextuality and the “Spatialization” of Reading Conradian Journeys in Dabydeen’s Disappearance
David Dabydeen’s A Harlot’s Progress: Re-presenting the Slave Narrative Genre
“To Say Profitably”: Dabydeen’s Exoticist Aesthetic
Re-scripting Genealogies: Or, On the Purpose of (Re)writing in David Dabydeen’s Our Lady of Demerara
9. “Everything Is Illuminated”: Trauma, Literary Alchemy and Transfiguration in David Dabydeen’s Molly and the Muslim Stick
10. The Magic of Your Making: Magic and Realism in David Dabydeen’s Recent Fiction