Ngugi's novels and African history: narrating the nation

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Pluto Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 183 pages
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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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Contents

Ngugis Concept of History
15
The Changing Nature of Allegory in Ngugis Novels
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Character Portrayal in Ngugis Novels
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Copyright

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About the author (1999)

James Ogude is Senior Lecturer in the African Literature Department , University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews and co-edited, with Steve Kromberg, Soho Square: A Collection of New Writing From Africa (1992).