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‘The master's dance to the master's voice’: revolutionary nationalism and women's representation in Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Elleke Boehmer

in Stories of Women: Gender and Narrative in the Postcolonial Nation

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719068782
eISBN:
9781781701898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719068782.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

In Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary (1981), the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o points to the strong position that women characters have held in his work over the years. Beginning with the writing ... More


Torture, Indefinite Detention and the Colonial State of Emergency in Kenya

Stephen Morton

in States of Emergency: Colonialism, Literature and Law

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846318498
eISBN:
9781781380758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846318498.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter four considers how the state of emergency in Kenya from 1952 to 1959 has been codified in the literary and legal rhetoric of British colonialism, and criticised by postcolonial African ... More


Reading Ngũgĩ Reading Conrad: Modernism, Postcolonialism, and the Language Question

Mark Wollaeger

in Modernism, Postcolonialism, and Globalism: Anglophone Literature, 1950 to the Present

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780199980963
eISBN:
9780190910846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199980963.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter considers points of intersection between Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Joseph Conrad. By Ngũgĩ’s own account, his rewriting of Conrad’s Under Western Eyes (1911) as A Grain of Wheat (1967) ... More


For Continuity: FR Leavis, Kamau Brathwaite, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Peter J. Kalliney

in Commonwealth of Letters: British Literary Culture and the Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199977970
eISBN:
9780199346189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977970.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Three examines the influence of FR Leavis, architect of the Great Tradition, on the thinking of Kamau Brathwaite and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, two of the leading theorists of postcolonial ... More


Kenyan Reactance: Kenyatta, Huxley, wa Thiong'o

in Between Rites and Rights: Excision in Women's Experiential Texts and Human Contexts

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804756877
eISBN:
9780804768375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804756877.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Culture is not an inborn destiny but a human artifact that can be reshaped. When culture is threatened to the core by outside forces, a phenomenon called “reactance” may arise. The cult of culture ... More


“No Innocents and No Onlookers”:: The Uses of the Past in the Novels of Mau Mau

Eleni Coundouriotis

in The People’s Right to the Novel: War Fiction in the Postcolony

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262335
eISBN:
9780823266357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262335.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter offers a reading of the novels of Mau Mau, focusing extensively on the early fiction of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Godwin Wachira’s seminal Ordeal in the Forest, among others. The novels are ... More


The People’s Right to the Novel: War Fiction in the Postcolony

Eleni Coundouriotis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262335
eISBN:
9780823266357
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262335.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This study examines the war novel in Africa as a case study of the genre, delineating the genre’s features across literary traditions. By examining the war novel in depth, it also complicates our ... More


Metropolitan Publisher as Postcolonial Clearinghouse: The African Writers Series

Peter J. Kalliney

in Commonwealth of Letters: British Literary Culture and the Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199977970
eISBN:
9780199346189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977970.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Six examines Heinemann Educational Book's African Writers Series, the preeminent literary institution of anglophone Africa. Critics have repeatedly asked whether the series is fundamentally ... More


What Chronology Demands of Us

Michaela Bronstein

in Out of Context: The Uses of Modernist Fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190655396
eISBN:
9780190655426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190655396.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, World Literature

Why tell a story out of order? Conrad’s narrative experiments are usually read as reflecting a skeptical attitude toward human achievement and knowledge: he tells events out of order, critics ... More


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