Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance

Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465009468

ISBN-13: 9780465009466

Pub. Date: 02/24/2009

Publisher: Basic Books

Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the 1970s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language to culture. In Something Torn and New, Ngugi explores Africa’s historical, economic, and

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Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the 1970s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language to culture. In Something Torn and New, Ngugi explores Africa’s historical, economic, and cultural fragmentation by slavery, colonialism, and globalization. Throughout this tragic history, a constant and irrepressible force was Europhonism: the replacement of native names, languages, and identities with European ones. The result was the dismemberment of African memory.

Seeking to remember language in order to revitalize it, Ngugi’s quest is for wholeness. Wide-ranging, erudite, and hopeful, Something Torn and New is a cri de coeur to save Africa’s cultural future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465009466
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/24/2009
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
692,597
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Dismembering Practices: Planting European Memory in Africa 1

Ch. 2 Re-Membering Visions 31

Ch. 3 Memory, Restoration, and African Renaissance 67

Ch. 4 From Color to Social Consciousness: South Africa in the Black Imagination 99

Acknowledgments 133

Notes 135

Index 149

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