Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ng

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is one of the most important and celebrated authors of postindependence Africa as well as a groundbreaking postcolonial theorist. His work, written first in English, then in Gĩkũyũ, engages with the transformations of his native Kenya after what is often termed the Mau Mau rebellion. It also gives voice to the struggles of all Africans against economic injustice and political oppression. His writing and activism continue despite imprisonment, the threat of ...

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Overview

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is one of the most important and celebrated authors of postindependence Africa as well as a groundbreaking postcolonial theorist. His work, written first in English, then in Gĩkũyũ, engages with the transformations of his native Kenya after what is often termed the Mau Mau rebellion. It also gives voice to the struggles of all Africans against economic injustice and political oppression. His writing and activism continue despite imprisonment, the threat of assassination, and exile.

Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," provides resources and background for the teaching of Ngũgĩ's novels, plays, memoirs, and criticism. The essays of part 2, "Approaches," consider the influence of Frantz Fanon, Karl Marx, and Joseph Conrad on Ngũgĩ; the role of women in and influence of feminism on his fiction; his interpretation and political use of African history; his experimentation with orality and allegory in narrative; and the different challenges of teaching Ngũgĩ in classrooms in the United States, Europe, and Africa."

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"Lovesey's collection of essays is exemplary. It covers the full range of Ngũgĩ's output both as a creative writer and as a critic, and it focuses on texts that are widely used in classrooms throughout the world." —Bernth Lindfors, University of Texas, Austin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603291132
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature , #121
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preliminaries

Preface

Oliver Lovesey

Orature in Education

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: In Praise of a Friend

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

PART ONE: MATERIALS

Introduction

Editions

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: A Brief Biography

Historical and Political Contexts

The Instructor's Library

Criticism

Reference Works

PART TWO: APPROACHES

Introduction

Cultural, Political, and Historical Contexts

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: Writer and Critic

Simon Gikandi

Gender and the Political in Ngũgĩ's Fiction

Brendon Nicholls

Ngũgĩ and the Postcolonial

Pius Adesanmi

Ngũgĩ and Kenya's History

W. O. Maloba

Ngũgĩ and Sembène: Teaching the Text of History

Patrick Williams

Language, Translation, Style

African Anglophonism, Translation, and the Teaching of Ngũgĩ's Works

Michael Andindilile

Contextualizing Untranslated Moments in Ngũgĩ's Prose and Drama

Evan Mwangi

From Imitation to Avant-Garde: Ngũgĩ's Stylistic Evolution as a Novelist

F. Odun Balogun

Classroom Settings

Location and History: Salient Issues in Teaching Ngũgĩ to Black South African Students

James Ogude

Reading Ngũgĩ on Four Continents: Relational Aesthetics and the Global Multicultural Classroom

Brendon Nicholls

Teaching Petals of Blood in a Kenyan Classroom

Emilia Ilieva

Teaching Ngũgĩ's Drama in the American Academy

Gĩchingiri Ndĩgĩrĩgĩ

Teaching Ngũgĩ's Works Written in English

A Terrible Beauty Is Born: A Grain of Wheat and Weep Not, Child

Michael Harris

Teaching A Grain of Wheat as a Dialogue with Conrad

Peter Nazareth

Text-Context: A Grain of Wheat as Testimony

Uzoma Esonwanne

Degendering the Mind: On Teaching Petals of Blood

Bonnie Roos

Ngũgĩ, Petals of Blood, and World Bank Literature

Kate McInturff

Detained and African Prison Diaries

Oliver Lovesey

Teaching Ngũgĩ's Gĩkũyũ Novels in Translation

Texts and Contexts: Teaching A Grain of Wheat and Matigari in Kenya

Peter Simatei

The Historical Context of Matigari

Ali Erritouni

Feminist Nationalism in Wizard of the Crow

Gĩchingiri Ndĩgĩrĩgĩ

Transformation through Make-Believe in Wizard of the Crow

Steve Gronert Ellerhoff

Notes on Contributors

Contributors and Survey Participants

Works Cited

Index

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