Sunday, March 12, 2006
Critic, Writer and Novelist
David Dabydeen was born in in Berbice, Guyana, moving to England with his parents in 1969. He read English at Cambridge University, gained a doctorate at University College London in 1982, and was awarded a research fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford. David Dabydeen is Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies and Professor at the Centre for British Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick.
Critic, writer and novelist David Dabydeen was born in 1955 in Berbice, Guyana, moving to England with his parents in 1969. He read English at Cambridge University, gained a doctorate at University College London in 1982, and was awarded a research fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford.
David Dabydeen is Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies and Professor at the Centre for British Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick. He is also Guyana's Ambassador-at-Large and a member of UNESCO's Executive Board.
In 2001 he wrote and presented The Forgotten Colony
, a BBC Radio 4 programme exploring the history of Guyana. He is the author of four novels, three collections of poetry and several works of non-fiction and criticism.
His first book, Slave Song
(1984), a collection of poetry, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and the Quiller-Couch Prize. A new collection, Turner
, was published in 2002.His first novel, The Intended
(1991), the story of a young Asian student abandoned in London by his father, won the Guyana Prize for Literature.Disappearance
(1993) centres on a young Guyanese engineer working on the south coast of England who lodges with an elderly woman. The Counting House
(1996) is set at the end of the nineteenth century and narrates the experiences of an Indian couple whose hopes of a new life in colonial Guyana end in tragedy. The story explores historical tensions between indentured Indian workers and Guyanese of African descent.
His recent novel, A Harlot's Progress
(1999), is based on a series of pictures painted by William Hogarth in 1732 and develops the story of Hogarth's black slave boy. Through the character of Mungo, Dabydeen challenges traditional cultural representations of the slave.
David Dabydeen's latest books are Our Lady of Demerara
(2004) and Slave Song
(2005)NovelsSlave Song Dangaroo
, 1984Caribbean Literature: A Teacher's Handbook Heinemann Educational
, 1985The Black Presence in English Literature
(editor) Manchester University Press, 1985A Reader's Guide to West Indian and Black British Literature
(with Nana Wilson-Tagoe) Hansib/University of Warwick Centre for Caribbean Studies, 1987Hogarth's Blacks: Images of Blacks in 18th-Century English Art
Manchester University Press, 1987India in the Caribbean
(editor with Brinsley Samaroo) Hansib, 1987Coolie Odyssey
Hansib, 1988Handbook for Teaching Caribbean Literature
Heinemann Educational, 1988Black Writers in Britain 1760-1890
(editor with Paul Edwards) Edinburgh University Press, 1991The Intended Secker
& Warburg, 1991Disappearance
Secker & Warburg, 1993Turner: New and Selected Poems
Cape, 1994Across the Dark Waters: Ethnicity and Indian Identity in the Caribbean
Macmillan, 1996The Counting House
Cape, 1996A Harlot's Progress
Cape, 1999No Island is an Island: Selected Speeches of Sir Shridath Ramphal
(editor with John Gilmore) Macmillan, 2000Turner
Peepal Tree Press, 2002Our Lady of Demerera
Dido Press, 2004Slave Song
Peepal Tree Press, 2005Prizes and awards
1984 Commonwealth Poetry Prize Slave Song
1984 Quiller-Couch Prize Slave Song
1991 Guyana Prize for Literature The Intended
1999 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction) (shortlist) A Harlot's Progress
2004 Raja Rao Award for Literature (India)
From Contemporary Writers
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