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Ngugi wa Thiong'o : Cambridge Studies in African and Caribbean Literature - Simon Gikandi

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Cambridge Studies in African and Caribbean Literature

Hardcover Published: 5th November 2000
ISBN: 9780521480062
Number Of Pages: 342

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Kenyan dramatist and novelist, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, is regarded as one of the most influential African writers today, not only for his creative work but also for his criticism of wider cultural issues - issues such as nation and narration, power and performance, language and identity, empire and postcoloniality. Simon Gikandi's study offers a comprehensive analysis of all Ngugi's published work and explores the development of the major novels and plays against a background of colonialism and decolonisation in Kenya. Gikandi places the works in a context that examines the way they engage with the changing history of Africa. Tracing Ngugi's career from the 1960s through to his role in shaping a radical culture in East Africa in the 1970s and his imprisonment and exile in the 1980s, this book provides fresh insight into the author's life and the historic events that produced his work.

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"Gikandi has done historians a favor with this wide-ranging book." International Journal of African History "Solid, mainstream postcolonial criticism, Gikandias book should be [in] all libraries supporting serious study of postcolonialism and/or African literature and history." Choice "Gikandi is one of the most erudite and insightful critics we have ... and, with his latest offering, he may very well have produced the best extant monograph on Ngugi wa Thiong'o." Research in African Literature "Gikandi has written a scholarly bokk on an important African writer that all serious scholars of Ngugi and of African literature will find indispensable...this book is the best so far on Ngugi wa Thiong'o...Gikandi's book is a first-rate work on Ngugi and his place in the African literary canon." World Literature Today Nov 2001

Introduction: reading texts and contexts
Narrative and nationalist desire: early short stories and The River Between
Educating colonial subjects: The 'Emergency' stories and Weep Not, Child
Representing decolonization: A Grain of Wheat
The poetics of cultural production: Petals of Blood
Performance and power: the plays
The prisonhouse of culture: Detained and Devil on the Cross
The work of art in exile: Matigari
Writing freedom: essays and criticism
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ISBN: 9780521480062
ISBN-10: 052148006X
Series: Cambridge Studies in African and Caribbean Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 5th November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.38 x 14.5  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.53

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