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Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

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ISBN-10: 052148006X

ISBN-13: 9780521480062

Edition: 2000

Authors: Simon Gikandi, Abiola Irele

List price: $115.00
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Kenyan dramatist and novelist, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, is regarded as one of the most influential African writers today, not only for his creative work but also for his criticism of wider cultural issues - issues such as nation and narration, power and performance, language and identity, empire and postcoloniality. Simon Gikandi's study offers a comprehensive analysis of all Ngugi's published work and explores the development of the major novels and plays against a background of colonialism and decolonisation in Kenya. Gikandi places the works in a context that examines the way they engage with the changing history of Africa. Tracing Ngugi's career from the 1960s through to his role in shaping a…    
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Book details

List price: $115.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/11/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 342
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.87" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Simon Gikandi is the Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University. His many books include "Writing in Limbo" and "Maps of Englishness."

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