Ngugi's Novels And African History: Narrating the Nation
Ngugi’s entire novelistic output in examined, including his major works, The River Between, A Grain of Wheat, Petals of Blood and Matigari. Through a critique of these works, Ngugi’s radical and sometimes ambivalent attitude towards independence (Uhuru) and the manufacturing of nationhood are assessed. Ogude also looks at the wider notion of the distinct boundaries between history and fiction which postcolonial literatures have sought to question.
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African Agikuyu allegorical ambivalent argues attempt betrayal bourgeoisie capital capitalist chapter characterised colonial colonialist complex comprador comprador bourgeoisie consciousness contested contradictions Cross culture dependency theory Devil discourse domination earlier novels elite ethnicity experience exploitation Fanon's forces Gatuiria Gikandi Gikonyo Gikuyu language Gitutu Grain of Wheat grotesque image Guthera heroes ideological Ilmorog imperialism independence Karega Kenya Kenyan history Kenyan nation Kenyatta Kiama Kihika land later novels liberation lives marginalised matatu Matigari Mau Mau moral Mount Kenya Mugo Mumbi Munira Muturi myth Nairobi narrator nationalist neocolonial Ngotho Ngugi seems Ngugi's characters Ngugi's earlier Ngugi's later Ngugi's narrative Ngugi's texts oppressed oppressor organisation past Petals of Blood political popular forms portrayal portrayed position postcolonial prostitution protagonists radical realise resistance River role rumour settler social society specific story structure struggle subversive political symbol Thabai transformation tribe Uhuru unity vision voice Waiyaki Wanja Wariinga Weep women workers and peasants writing