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Title: Resistance and Complicity in David Dabydeen's The Intended
Author: Fee, Margery
Subject Keywords Caribbean literature;David Dabydeen;Heart of Darkness;Guyanan Creole;"race" and racialization
Issue Date: 1997
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2009-08-05
Publisher ARIEL
Citation: Margery Fee. "Resistance and Complicity in David Dabydeen's The Intended." New Voices in Caribbean Literature, ed. Kenneth Ramchand. ARIEL 24.1 (1993): 107-26. Reprinted in The Art of David Dabydeen. Ed. Kevin Grant. Leeds, UK: Peepul Tree, 1997: 67-88.
Abstract: The novel shows how a young Indo-Guyanese immigrant to the UK is racialized; aspiring to leave behind the "messiness" and confusion of the poverty-stricken immigrant lives he sees around him, he goes to Cambridge. The story is narrated by this character long after, in ways that reveal how this aspiration was assimilative and colonizing, encouraging him to abandon his friends and his roots. His life story makes it clear how different systems of racial categorization work in Guyana and in the UK to violently separate those who might be friends, lovers, and allies.
Affiliation: Arts, Faculty ofEnglish, Department of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/11772
Peer Review Status: Reviewed
Scholarly Level: Faculty

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