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Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams : Towards a Critical Theory of the Arts and the State in Africa -  Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams

Towards a Critical Theory of the Arts and the State in Africa

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Published: 1st October 1997
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Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams explores the relationship between art and political power in society, taking as its starting point the experience of writers in contemporary Africa, where they are often seen as the enemy of the postcolonial state. This study raises the wider issues of the relationship between the state of art and the art of the state, particularly in their struggle for the control of performance space in territorial, temporal, social, and even psychic contexts. Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, calls for the alliance of art and people power, freedom and dignity against the encroachments of modern states. Art, he argues, needs to be active, engaged, insistent on being what it has always been, the embodiment of dreams for a truly human world.

Preface Introduction 1: Art War with the State: Writers and Guardians of a Postcolonial Society 2: Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams: The Conflict Between the Crafts of Art and the State 3: Enacting Power: The Politics of the Performance State 4: Voicing Silence: Language, Democracy, and a New World Order 5: Renaissance or Orature: Freeing Creativity from the Literary Colonisation of Orality Conclusion

ISBN: 9780198183907
ISBN-10: 0198183909
Series: Clarendon Lectures in English Literature (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 14.35  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.34