Ngugi is one of the most important contemporary world writers, and someone whose name has for many become synonymous with cultural controversy and political struggle. Patrick William's analysis offers an up-to-date study of Ngugi's writing, including his most recent collected 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 colonized and post-colonial Kenya. The cultural and anti-imperial politics of Ngugi's experimentation with language and form in both novel and drama are 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 studied in detail, and in addition a chapter examines Ngugi's contribution in the area on 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" as he has for contriversial championing of the use of indigenous languages in his novels.
'Although the critical literature of Ngugi wa Thiong'p has swelled impressively in recent years, no fresh introductory survey has been published for more than decade. Patrick Williams deft new study therefore represents a welcome addition. This study represents a very useful jumping off point for today's students wishing to engage the writing of this hugely consequential African writer and intellectual.'
Professor Neil Lazarus, University of Warwick -- .
|Series Editor's Foreword||p. ix|
|Contexts and intertexts||p. 1|
|Constructing the community: narrating the nation||p. 17|
|The River Between||p. 22|
|Weep Not, Child||p. 42|
|A Grain of Wheat||p. 57|
|The struggle betrayed||p. 78|
|Petals of Blood||p. 78|
|Devil on the Cross||p. 101|
|Critical overview and conclusion||p. 165|
|Select Bibliography||p. 193|
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Series: Contemporary World Writers
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.25