Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
Ngugi is one of the most important novelists on the contemporary world stage, and someone whose name has for many become synonymous with cultural controversy and political struggle.
Patrick William's lucid analysis offers the most up-to-date study of Ngugi's writing, including his most rcent collection of essays. Focusing on important aspects of Ngugi's work which critics have hitherto ignored, and drawing on a wide range of relevant theoretical perspectives, this study examines the growing complexity of Ngugi's accounts of the history of colonised and post-colonial Kenya. The cultural and anti-imperial politics on Ngugi's experimentation with language and form in both novel and drama is discussed, including the important role of culture as a source of historical memory and strategies of resistance for oppressed groups.
All the novels and the major plays are studies in detail, and in addition a substantial chapter examines Ngugi's contribution in the area of non-fiction. This has become an increasingly important aspect of his work in recent years, and he has become almost as well known for Decolonising the Mind and its controversial championing of the use of indigenous languages as for his novels.
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Contexts and intertexts
The struggle betrayed
Critical overview and conclusion
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African Literature anti-colonial argue betrayal British C. L. R. James capitalist characters Christian collective colonial colonialist complex context critics Decolonising the Mind Dedan Kimathi Despite Devil domination embodied essays European example exile exploitation Facing Mount Kenya fact Fanon fiction forms Frantz Fanon Gatuiria gender Gikandi Gikonyo Gikuyu Grain of Wheat Harry Thuku historical Ibid ideological Ilmorog imperialism important indigenous individual intellectuals involved Kabonyi Kamiriithu Karanja Karega Kenyan Kenyatta Kihika Kimathi land language later leader leadership Marxist Matigari Mau Mau Maughan Brown Moving the Centre Mugo Mumbi Munira narrative National Culture neo-colonial Ngotho Ngugi wa Thiong'o Ngugi's writing Njoroge novel novelistic Nyambura oppression orature organisation past Penpoints Petals of Blood position post-colonial problem production question radical regime relation represents resistance River ruling class sense social society struggle things traditional tribalism truth voice Waiyaki Wanja Wariinga workers Writers in Politics
African pasts: memory and history in African literatures
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African Pasts: Memory and History in African Literatures
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