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Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Author: Simon Gikandi
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Series: Cambridge studies in African and Caribbean literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 decolonization 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 radical culture in East Africa  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo; Ngũgı̃ wa Thiong'o; Ng*ug*i wa Thiongʼo; Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo; Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Gikandi
ISBN: 052148006X 9780521480062
OCLC Number: 42290651
Description: xii, 328 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 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: the later short stories and 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 --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in African and Caribbean literature.
Responsibility: Simon Gikandi.
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"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 decolonization 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 radical culture in East Africa in the 1970s and his imprisonment and exile in the 1980s, this book provides insight int the author's life and the historic events that produced his work."--Jacket.

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