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Author Gikandi, Simon.

Title Ngugi wa Thiong'o / Simon Gikandi
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 328 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in African and Caribbean literature
Cambridge studies in African and Caribbean literature.
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
Summary 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 radical culture in East Africa in the 1970s and his imprisonment and exile in the 1980s, this book provides fresh insight into the author's life and the historic events that produced his work.--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Kenya -- In literature.
Form Electronic book