Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 3, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 344 pages
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Kenyan dramatist and novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o is a hugely influential African writer respected not only for his creative work but also for his criticism of wider cultural issues - issues such as nation and narration, power and performance, language and identity, empire and postcoloniality. Simon Gikandi's study, first published in 2000, offers a comprehensive analysis of all Ngugi's published work and explores the development of the major novels and plays against a background of colonialism and decolonisation in Kenya. Gikandi places the works in a context that examines the way they engage with the changing history of Africa. Tracing Ngugi's career from the 1960s through to his role in shaping a radical culture in East Africa in the 1970s and his imprisonment and exile in the 1980s, this book provides fresh insight into the author's life and the historic events that produced his work.
 

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Contents

reading texts and contexts
1
early short stories and The River Between
39
the emergency stories and Weep Not Child
71
A Grain of Wheat
98
the later short stories and Petals of Blood
128
the plays
160
Detained and Devil on the Cross
195
Matigari
223
essays and criticism
247
Conclusion
286
Notes
293
Bibliography
317
Index
325
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