Moving the centre: the struggle for cultural freedoms

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J. Currey, 1993 - Literary Collections - 184 pages
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Over the past four hundred years, world cultures have been dominated by a handful of Western nations. The West came to see itself as the center of the universe, and cultural power, as much as political and economic power, was controlled at the center.

In this collection of essays and lectures Ngugi is concerned with "moving the center" in two senses-between nation and within nations-in order to free world cultures from the restrictive walls of nationalism, class, race, and gender.

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Contents

The Universality of Local Knowledge
25
Era
47
Freeing Culture from Colonial Legacies
59
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Ngugi is world famous for his novels from Weep Not, Child to Matigari and the impact of his plays, especially in Gikuyu, which led to his detention in Kenya. He is now Professor of Comparative Literature and Performance Studies in New York University. This book reflects many of the concerns found in Decolonising the Mind and Moving the Centre.