♥ 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| Ngg wa Thiongo| 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 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 : Historicising the Nation
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book provides a new perspective on Ng?g? wa Thiong'o fictions. It looks at the use of history in Ng?g?’s fiction. His novels are filled with the spirit of nationalism. Being a postcolonial author, Ng?g? aims at decolonizing the minds of the Kenyans by addressing the issues of history and nationalism. This book also records Ng?g?’s contribution in creating the ethos of Kenya. The book meticulously underscores the task of post-colonial novelists like Ng?g?, who were a part of the Empire that is writing back now – who have to revert to the past to delineate the indigenous cultural practices to make natives feel proud of cultural nationalism."Article| Durgesh Vitthal Borse| 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 : 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 : Writers in Politics
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♥ Book Title : A Grain of Wheat
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♥ Book Title : Is Canada Postcolonial?
☯ Full Synopsis : "How can postcolonialism be applied to Canadian literature? In all that has been written about postcolonialism, surprisingly little has specifically addressed the position of Canada, Canadian literature, or Canadian culture. Postcolonialism is a theory that has gained credence throughout the world; it is be productive to ask if and how we, as Canadians, participate in postcolonial debates. It is also vital to examine the ways in which Canada and Canadian culture fit into global discussions as our culture reflects how we interact with our neighbours, allies, and adversaries. This collection wrestles with the problems of situating Canadian literature in the ongoing debates about culture, identity, and globalization, and of applying the slippery term of postcolonialism to Canadian literature. The topics range in focus from discussions of specific literary works to general theoretical contemplations. The twenty-three articles in this collection grapple with the recurrent issues of postcolonialism — including hybridity, collaboration, marginality, power, resistance, and historical revisionism — from the vantage point of those working within Canada as writers and critics. While some seek to confirm the legitimacy of including Canadian literature in the discussions of postcolonialism, others challenge this very notion."Article| Laura Moss| Statement ..."