Dabydeen, David

About David Dabydeen

Biography & Bibliography (British Council)

Biography (Peepal Tree Press)



Wynner, J. "'Let We Go Guiana'." Caribbean Compass, no. 266, Nov. 2017

Hopkins, James. "Mungo the Master." The Guardian, 22 May 1999



Ward, Abigail. "'Word People': A Conversation with David Dabydeen." Atlantic Studies, vol. 11, no. 1, 2014

Sikorska, Liliana, and Agnieszka Rzepa (eds.). "Pak's Britannica: An Interview with David Dabydeen." Eyes Deep with Unfathomable Histories: The Poetics and Politics of Magic Realism Today and in the Past, 2012

Eckstein, Lars. "Getting Back to the Idea of Art as Art: An Interview with David Dabydeen." World Literature Written in English, vol. 39, no. 1, 2001

Hand, Felicity. "A Talk with David Dabydeen." Links and Letters, vol. 2, 1995

Birbalsingh, Frank. "Interview." Kunapipi, vol. 12, no. 3, 1990



Ahrens, Lisa. The Transformative Potential of Black British and British Muslim Literature: Heterotopic Spaces and the Politics of Destabilisation, 2019

Ilott, Sarah. "Gothic Immigrations: Kentish Gothic and the Borders of Britishness." Gothic Britain, Hughes and Heholt (eds.), 2018

Austen, Veronica J. "Self-Consumption and Compromised Rebirth in Dabydeen's Turner." Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, vol. 3, no. 2, Apr. 2016

Jackson, Elizabeth. "Voyeurism or Social Criticism? Women and Sexuality in David Dabydeen's The IntendedThe Counting House and Our Lady of Demerara." Women, vol. 26, no. 4, 2015

Macedo, Lynne (ed.). "Talking Words: New Essays on the Work of David Dabydeen." 2011

Darroch, Fiona. Memory and Myth: Postcolonial Religion in Contemporary Guyanese Fiction and Poetry,  2009

Ball, John Clement. "Shoring Up Britain: David Dabydeen's Oceanic Sublime." The Nation Across the World: Postcolonial Literary Representations, Trivedi et al. (eds.), 2007

Ghosh-Schellhorn, Martina. "Transitional Identity and its Indentured Emplacement: The Indo-Caribbean Experience." Postcolonialism and Autobiography, Hornung and Ruhe (eds.), 1998

Birbalsingh, Frank. Frontiers of Caribbean Literatures in English, 1996

Binder, Wolfgang. "David Dabydeen." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 3, no. 2, 1989

Parry, Benita. "Between Creole and Cambridge English: The Poetry of David Dabydeen." Kunapipi, vol. 10, no. 3, 1988




Johnson's Dictionary (2013)

Our Lady of Demerera  (2004)

A Harlot's Progress (1999)

The Counting House (1996)

Disappearance (1993)

The Intended (1991)



Turner: New and Selected Poems (1994)

Coolie Mother (1991)

The Servant's Song (1990)

Coolie Odyssey (1988)

Slave Song (1984)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

"The Art of Prejudice." New Statesman, vol. 148, no. 5489, 2019

"Derek Walcott in Conversation with David Dabydeen." Wasafiri, vol. 42, 2004

"Hogarth and the Canecutter." The Tempest and Its Travels, Hulme and Sherman (eds.), 2000

"On Not Being Milton: Nigger Talk in England Today." Landfall, vol. 43, no. 2, 1989

"On Writing Slave Song." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, 1986

"Eighteenth-Century English Literature on Commerce and Slavery." The Black Presence in English Literature, Dabydeen (ed.), 1985

As editor: The Black Presence in English Literature, 1985

"Blacks in Britain." History Today, vol. 31, no. 9, 1981


Audio and Audiovisual Material

An Interview with David Dabydeen. YouTube, 30 Jan. 2018

Christopher Ram Talks with David Dabydeen about Centenary of End of Indian Indentureship. YouTube, 23 Oct. 2017

Dabydeen, David. "On Samaroo’s Tempus Est: The Earliest Colonial Rewriting of Shakespeare’s The Tempest." BBC Radio 3, 11 Nov. 2000