Mi Dawta, Mi Dawta


In her Professorial lecture delivered in 2017, Paula Morgan argues that “fiction can lend a plausible sense of the lived reality of traumatic histories and their contemporary outworking”. She continues, “Indeed, when dealing with trauma, the half that has never yet been told - the submerged, the silenced, the erased, the vestiges, the fragments, the phantom limbs - is arguably more significant than the half that finds its way into uneasy articulation”. One of Morgan’s major contributions as a Caribbean scholar is her consistent interlocutions of gender with Caribbean literature. Central in her repertoire is the theme of violence. She refers both to gender based violence, as well as the violence colonized peoples have suffered in societies that have been deformed through the processes of uprooting and unceremonious resettlement.