Creative Writing (Social History of Africa Series): Translation, Bookkeeping, and the Work of Imagination in Colonial Kenya / Edition 1

Creative Writing (Social History of Africa Series): Translation, Bookkeeping, and the Work of Imagination in Colonial Kenya / Edition 1

by Derek Peterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325071314

ISBN-13: 9780325071312

Pub. Date: 01/20/2004

Publisher: Heinemann

This book challenges the conventions that undergird the academic study of literature. Where literary scholars' method separates the book from its readership, Creative Writing explores how different kinds of texts were interpreted, used, and recomposed in real-life political discourse. Where social historians often disparage the study of literature as an elitist

Overview

This book challenges the conventions that undergird the academic study of literature. Where literary scholars' method separates the book from its readership, Creative Writing explores how different kinds of texts were interpreted, used, and recomposed in real-life political discourse. Where social historians often disparage the study of literature as an elitist occupation, Peterson demonstrates how ordinary people used texts to act creatively in their own world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325071312
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
01/20/2004
Series:
Social History of Africa Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction: Texts and Contexts

Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Gikuyuland

The Word in Translation: Generational Politics after the First World War

Making and Unmaking the Gikuyu: Imagined Community and Local History in the 1920s

Writing Gikuyu: The Politics of Orthography and Grammar

Contracting Colonialism: English, Bureaucracy, and Political Theory in Independent Schooling

Wordy Women: Gender Trouble and Oral Politics in the East African Revival

Writing in Revolution: Bureaucracy, Unity, and Sovereignty in Mau Mau

Ngugi's Compositions in Gikuyu

Conclusion: Writing and the Work of Imagination

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