Ngugi Wa Thiong'O

Ngugi Wa Thiong'O

by Simon Gikandi
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052148006X

ISBN-13: 9780521480062

Pub. Date: 12/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Simon Gikandi's study offers a comprehensive analysis of all the published works of the influential Kenyan dramatist, novelist, and critic Ngugi wa Thiong'o. Gikandi traces Ngugi's literary 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. Focusing also on Ngugi's

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Simon Gikandi's study offers a comprehensive analysis of all the published works of the influential Kenyan dramatist, novelist, and critic Ngugi wa Thiong'o. Gikandi traces Ngugi's literary 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. Focusing also on Ngugi's engagement with nationalism, empire and postcoloniality, this book provides fresh insight into the author's life and the historical and cultural context surrounding his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521480062
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in African and Caribbean Literature Series, #8
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Chronology; 1. Introduction: reading texts and contexts; 2. Narrative and nationalist desire: early short stories and The River Between; 3. Educating colonial subjects: the 'Emergency' stories and Weep Not, Child; 4. Representing decolonization: A Grain of Wheat; 5. The poetics of cultural production: Petals of Blood; 6. Performance and power: the plays; 7. The prisonhouse of culture: Detained and Devil on the Cross; 8. The work of art in exile: Matigari; 9. Writing freedom: essays and criticism; Conclusion.

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