♥ Book Title : Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams
☯ Full Synopsis : "This study explores the relationship between art and political power in society, taking as its starting point the experience of writers in contemporary Africa, where they are seen as the enemy of the postcolonial state"Article| Ngugi wa Thiong'o,| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : GYNOCENTRIC CONTOURS OF THE MALE IMAGINATION: A STUDY OF THE NOVELS OF CHINUA ACHEBE AND NGŨGĨ WA THIONG’O
☯ Full Synopsis : "The focus of this book is upon the changing perception of women in African society and their portrayal over different periods in the novels of Chinua Achebe and Ngugi wa Thiong’o; the writers who intriguingly wrote on the constant changing role of African women in Igbo and Gikuyu clans. The book dicusses the image of African women entrapped in double jeopardy in both traditional and modern Africa. There has been a remarkable transformation in the representation of women from the early novels to the later novels of both the writers that has been studied in this book from close quarters. The approach and technique of the novelists in projecting their female characters has also been analyzed. The novels of both the writers marked a sea change in the thinking and perception of Westerners with reference to Africa and its people. This work is devoted to the exploration of the image of women in the East and West African societies through the selected novels of Chinua Achebe and Ngugi wa Thiong’o."Article| Dr. Amna Shamim| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
☯ Full Synopsis : "Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is one of the most important and celebrated authors of postindependence Africa as well as a groundbreaking postcolonial theorist. His work, written first in English, then in Gĩkũyũ, engages with the transformations of his native Kenya after what is often termed the Mau Mau rebellion. It also gives voice to the struggles of all Africans against economic injustice and political oppression. His writing and activism continue despite imprisonment, the threat of assassination, and exile. Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," provides resources and background for the teaching of Ngũgĩ's novels, plays, memoirs, and criticism. The essays of part 2, "Approaches," consider the influence of Frantz Fanon, Karl Marx, and Joseph Conrad on Ngũgĩ; the role of women in and influence of feminism on his fiction; his interpretation and political use of African history; his experimentation with orality and allegory in narrative; and the different challenges of teaching Ngũgĩ in classrooms in the United States, Europe, and Africa.""Article| Oliver Lovesey| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "This Encyclopedia is an indispensible reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over 1 million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language. Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars Arranged in 3 volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngūgī Wa Thiong’o) and their key works Covers the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, sci fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avante garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, Diaspora, and exile)"Article| no defined| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : In the House of the Interpreter
☯ Full Synopsis : "With black-and-white illustrations throughout World-renowned Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright, and literary critic Ng˜ug˜ý wa Thiong'o gives us the second volume of his memoirs in the wake of his critically acclaimedDreams in a Time of War. In the House of the Interpreter richly and poignantly evokes the author's life and times at boarding school—the first secondary educational institution in British-ruled Kenya—in the 1950s, against the backdrop of the tumultuous Mau Mau Uprising for independence and Kenyan sovereignty. While Ng˜ug˜ý has been enjoying scouting trips, chess tournaments, and reading about the fictional RAF pilot adventurer Biggles at the prestigious Alliance High School near Nairobi, things have been changing rapidly at home. Poised as he is between two worlds, Ng˜ug˜ý returns home for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed and the entire village moved up the road, closer to a guard checkpoint. Later, his brother Good Wallace, a member of the insurgency, is captured by the British and taken to a concentration camp. As for Ng˜ug˜ý himself, he falls victim to the forces of colonialism in the person of a police officer encountered on a bus journey, and he is thrown into jail for six days. In his second year at Alliance High School, the boarding school that was his haven in a heartless world is shattered by investigations, charges of disloyalty, and the politics of civil unrest. In the House of the Interpreter hauntingly describes the formative experiences of a young man who would become a world-class writer and, as a political dissident, a moral compass to us all. It is a winning celebration of the implacable determination of youth and the power of hope."Article| Ngugi wa Thiong'o| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Postcolonial Literary Studies
☯ Full Synopsis : "Internationally recognized for its superior scholarship, Modern Fiction Studies was one of the first journals to publish articles on postcolonial studies. Since postcolonialism's inception, scholars have defined, clarified, and enriched its conceptions and theoretical development in the pages of MFS. This anthology collects the best and most important articles on postcolonial literary studies published in MFS in the past thirty years. Postcolonial Literary Studies brings together groundbreaking scholarship focusing on significant works of fiction by such writers as Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Jamaica Kincaid, V. S. Naipaul, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Bapsi Sidhwa, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, and more. The essays feature ideas that helped shape the discipline from its earliest stages to the present and represent some of the finest examples of literary, theoretical, historical, and cultural criticism. With its focus on literary figures and texts, rather than solely on theory, this volume fills a significant gap in the fields of postcolonialism, global studies, and literary criticism in general. This rich collection of essays by the field’s leading scholars will prove indispensable to instructors and students across a broad spectrum of humanistic studies. It not only highlights the development and transformation of postcolonial literary study but also, by mapping out new directions of study, considers its continual significance and expansion."Article| Robert P. Marzec| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : In the Name of the Mother
☯ Full Synopsis : "Alongside the impact of his early novels and plays, and his more recent memoirs, these essays give new insights into Ngugi's and other writers' responses to colonialism - there is new material here for students of literature, politics and culture."Article| Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Writers in Politics
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♥ Book Title : The Postcolonial Novel
☯ Full Synopsis : "A concise introduction to a core and popular area of literary studies. Provides extended case studies which survey and summarise key critical debates and as such are invaluable for teaching. Places the emphasis on the text first and theory second, thus providing a unique and much needed approach to postcolonial literature, which in the past has been maligned for being theory driven. Takes an historical approach, thus covering a good range of texts that have generated lots of critical discussion and evaluative materials. Written clearly for an undergraduate reader, with introductory overviews at the start of each chapter."Article| Richard Lane| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Minutes of Glory
☯ Full Synopsis : "A dazzling short story collection from the person Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls “one of the greatest writers of our time” Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, although renowned for his novels, memoirs, and plays, honed his craft as a short story writer. From “The Fig Tree, ” written in 1960, his first year as an undergraduate at Makerere University College in Uganda, to the playful “The Ghost of Michael Jackson,” written as a professor at the University of California, Irvine, these collected stories reveal a master of the short form. Covering the period of British colonial rule and resistance in Kenya to the bittersweet experience of independence—and including two stories that have never before been published in the United States— Ngũgĩ’s collection features women fighting for their space in a patriarchal society, big men in their Bentleys who have inherited power from the British, and rebels who still embody the fighting spirit of the downtrodden. One of Ngũgĩ’s most beloved stories, “Minutes of Glory,” tells of Beatrice, a sad but ambitious waitress who fantasizes about being feted and lauded over by the middle-class clientele in the city’s beer halls. Her dream leads her on a witty and heartbreaking adventure. Published for the first time in America, Minutes of Glory and Other Stories is a major literary event that celebrates the storytelling might of one of Africa’s best-loved writers."Article| Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
☯ Full Synopsis : "This is a comprehensive interpretation of all of Ngugi's works. During the last four decades he has proved to be one of the most exceptional writers whose work is meaningful both to the workers of Kenya and to international intellectuals. This book discusses his philosophy, the various graduations of style he has adopted, his social and political focus, and his ultimate vision and aspirations. Each work of fiction is examined in depth, while his non-fiction is systematically analyzed. There is a separate chapter on each of Ngugi's novels from "The River Between" and "Weep Not, Child" to "Matigari." There are also studies of his drama and his short stories. A critical biography and a careful scrutiny of his social commentaries in the popular press help trace the early formation of his ideological position. Extensive use has been made of "Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary" and of his influential lectures and writings in "Decolonising the Mind, Moving the Centre," and "Writers in Politics.""Article| David Cook| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo
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