Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance
Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the 1970s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language to culture. In Something Torn and New, Ngugi explores Africa's historical, economic, and cultural fragmentation by slavery, colonialism, and globalization. Throughout this tragic history, a constant and irrepressible force was Europhonism: the replacement of native names, languages, and identities with European ones. The result was the dismemberment of African memory.
Seeking to remember language in order to revitalize it, Ngugi's quest is for wholeness. Wide-ranging, erudite, and hopeful, Something Torn and New is a cri de coeur to save Africa's cultural future.
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This slim volume is based on a series of lectures given by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. In it, he discusses how Africa has been affected by colonialization, slave trade, and globalization. Because memory ... Read full review
CHAPTER TWO REMEMBERING VISIONS
CHAPTER THREE MEMORY RESTORATION AND AFRICAN
CHAPTER FOUR FROM COLOR TO SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS South