Ngugi Wa Thiong o

Devil on the Cross One of the central themes of Petals of Blood is the complex relation of continuity and change ; that could also be said to describe the relation between Petals of Blood and its successor Devil on the Cross .

Author: Patrick Williams

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719047312

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Ngugi Wa Thiong'o is one of the most important contemporary world writers--his name has for many become synonymous with cultural controversy and political struggle. Patrick William's lucid analysis offers the most up-to-date study of Ngugi's writing, including his most recent collections of essays. Focusing on important aspects of Ngugi's more obscure works, and drawing on a wide range of relevant theoretical perspectives, this study examines the growing complexity of Ngugi's accounts of the history of colonized and postcolonial Kenya.

Ngugi s Novels And African History

The writing of Ngugi's Devil on the Cross was in more than one sense a product of the postcolonial violence to which Mbembe draws our attention . It was written while Ngugi was in detention . It marked the actual enactment of violence ...

Author: James Ogude

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745314310

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 183

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o is one of Africa’s most controversial and renowned literary figures. This comprehensive study explores the relationship between history and narrative in his novels.

Ngugi wa Thiong o Gender and the Ethics of Postcolonial Reading

By offering wariinga's past tribulations as a microcosm of the larger national picture, Devil on the Cross offers us a reductive reading of the gender issues confronting Kenyan women. furthermore, wariinga voices the well-worn metaphor ...

Author: Brendon Nicholls

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317087585

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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This is the first comprehensive book-length study of gender politics in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's fiction. Brendon Nicholls argues that mechanisms of gender subordination are strategically crucial to Ngugi's ideological project from his first novel to his most recent one. Nicholls describes the historical pressures that lead Ngugi to represent women as he does, and shows that the novels themselves are symptomatic of the cultural conditions that they address. Reading Ngugi's fiction in terms of its Gikuyu allusions and references, a gendered narrative of history emerges that creates transgressive spaces for women. Nicholls bases his discussion on moments during the Mau Mau rebellion when women's contributions to the anticolonial struggle could not be reduced to a patriarchal narrative of Kenyan history, and this interpretive maneuver permits a reading of Ngugi's fiction that accommodates female political and sexual agency. Nicholls contributes to postcolonial theory by proposing a methodology for reading cultural difference. This methodology critiques cultural practices like clitoridectomy in an ethical manner that seeks to avoid both cultural imperialism and cultural relativisim. His strategy of 'performative reading,' that is, making the conditions of one text (such as folklore, history, or translation) active in another (for example, fiction, literary narrative, or nationalism), makes possible an ethical reading of gender and of the conditions of reading in translation.

Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics A G

Larry Hanley DEVIL ON THE CROSS ( CAITAANI MUTHARABA - INI , 1980 ) is the first of , ) Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's novels to have been written in Gikuyu , published in the author's English translation in 1982. In this sense , the novel is the ...

Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313329395

Category: Politics and literature

Page: 935

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More than 500 alphabetically arranged entries by more than 200 expert contributors overview the complex relationship between literature and politics.

Devil on the Cross

The great Kenyan writer and Nobel Prize nominee’s novel that he wrote in secret, on toilet paper, while in prison—featuring an introduction by Namwali Serpell, the author of the novel The Old Drift One of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa ...

Author: Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101634863

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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The great Kenyan writer and Nobel Prize nominee’s novel that he wrote in secret, on toilet paper, while in prison—featuring an introduction by Namwali Serpell, the author of the novel The Old Drift One of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s fame, Devil on the Cross is a powerful fictional critique of capitalism. It tells the tragic story of Wariinga, a young woman who moves from a rural Kenyan town to the capital, Nairobi, only to be exploited by her boss and later by a corrupt businessman. As she struggles to survive, Wariinga begins to realize that her problems are only symptoms of a larger societal malaise and that much of the misfortune stems from the Western, capitalist influences on her country. An impassioned cry for a Kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects, Devil on the Cross has had a profound influence on Africa and on post-colonial African literature. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Pedagogy Praxis Ulysses

The highly unusual texture of Devil on the Cross is achieved essentially through a combination of magical realism and socialist realism , and in any case the book is identifiable as a novel , in many ways the most Western ( and ...

Author: Robert D. Newman

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472106363

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 269

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Much theoretical debate has occurred about James Joyce's Ulysses as a model for reading. Critics often cite it as the ideal writerly text, where, according to Barthes, the reader becomes actively involved in producing meaning rather than a mere consumer of words. Post-structuralist, Marxist, and feminist theorists variously see the novel as the place to discover the infinite deferral of understanding, the polyphonic text that liberates the reader from narrow ideological meaning, or the work that undercuts prevalent psychoanalytical notions of language and offers new interpretive strategies. In many ways, Ulysses is a chameleon text, accommodating multiple interpretations while permitting infinite possibilities for discovery. Pedagogy, Praxis, Ulysses approaches Joyce's novel not simply as a text to be examined, but as a touchstone to generate theoretical and practical ideas for innovation in teaching. The collection employs Ulysses as a springboard for thought- provoking questions about how we read, learn, and teach--and about how new, open-minded approaches to pedagogy can communicate to students the value of interpreting as a strategy of survival, and questioning as a vital technique for experiencing life. Contributors to the volume are M. Keith Booker, Sheldon Brivic, Kevin Dettmar, Michael Patrick Gillespie, Roy Gottfried, Margaret Mills Harper, R. Brandon Kershner, Archie Loss, Patrick Lynch, Robert Newman, Margot Norris, Jrg Rademacher, Susan Shaw Sailer, Brian Schaffer, Carol Schloss, Gregory Ulmer, E. P. Walkiewicz, Craig Werner, and Jennifer Wicke. "For anyone who cares about teaching Joyce--or teaching at all-- this volume is a rich, provocative, surprising, invigorating, and, above all, passionately argued collection. The essays are astonishingly different, despite their common focus on Ulysses, but what they all share is a sense of the classroom as a powerful forum for challenging received ideas." --Garry Leonard, University of Toronto, Scarborough Robert Newman is Professor and Chair of the Department of English, University of South Carolina.

The World of Ng g Wa Thiong o

In her interesting commentary on Devil on the Cross , Eileen Julien writes that Devil on the Cross proposes different approaches to the novel ... Ngūgi refers to his novel as a parable because he intends it as a simple story to ...

Author: Charles Cantalupo

Publisher: Africa World Press

ISBN: 9780865434592

Category: History

Page: 248

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Inspired by the work of Ngugi wa Thiong'o, this collection of twelve essays and two interviews surveys the wide variety of Ngugi's work from his earliest writings to his most recent - including essays, all his novels, and his writings for children. Also included are extensive discussions of Ngugi's writings in English and Gikuyu, his use of oral literary techniques, his tragic exile, and his revolutionary politics.

Stories of women

70; and Devil on the Cross, p. 198, respectively. 25 All references are to Ngugi, Devil on the Cross, pp. 216–21. 26 Ngugi, Devil on the Cross, p. 217. 27 Ngugi wa Thiong'o, The Trial of Dedan Kimathi [1976] (London: Heinemann, 1985), ...

Author: Elleke Boehmer

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847796060

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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This electronic version has been made available under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) open access license. Elleke Boehmer's work on the crucial intersections between independence, nationalism and gender has already proved canonical in the field. 'Stories of women' combines her keynote essays on the mother figure and the postcolonial nation, with incisive new work on male autobiography, 'daughter' writers, the colonial body, the trauma of the post-colony, and the nation in a transnational context. Focusing on Africa as well as South Asia, and sexuality as well as gender, Boehmer offers fine close readings of writers ranging from Achebe, Okri and Mandela to Arundhati Roy and Yvonne Vera, shaping these into a critical engagement with theorists of the nation like Fredric Jameson and Partha Chatterjee. This edition will be of interest to readers and researchers of postcolonial, international and women's writing; of nation theory, colonial history and historiography; of Indian, African, migrant and diasporic literatures, and is likely to prove a landmark study in the field.

And the Birds Began to Sing

In Devil on the Cross , the reluctant narrator is commanded to tell his tale because it is not “ yours alone , to keep to yourself ” ; he agrees , realising , “ the voice of the people is the voice of God ” ( Ngugi 1982 : 8 ) .

Author: Jamie S. Scott

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789051839678

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 327

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Taking as its starting-point the ambiguous heritage left by the British Empire to its former colonies, dominions and possessions, And the Birds Began to Sing marks a new departure in the interdisciplinary study of religion and literature. Gathered under the rubric Christianity and Colonialism, essays on Brian Moore. Timothy Findley, Margaret Atwood and Marian Engel, Thomas King, Les A. Murray, David Malouf, Mudrooroo and Philip McLaren, R.A.K. Mason, Maurice Gee, Keri Hulme, Epeli Hau'ofa, J.M. Coetzee, Christopher Okigbo, Chinua Achebe, Amos Tutuola and Ngugi wa Thiong'o explore literary portrayals of the effects of British Christianity upon settler and native cultures in Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and the Africas. These essays share a sense of the dominant presence of Christianity as an inherited system of religious thought and practice to be adapted to changing post-colonial conditions or to be resisted as the lingering ideology of colonial times. In the second section of the collection, Empire and World Religions, essays on Paule Marshall and George Lamming, Jean Rhys, Olive Senior and Caribbean poetry, V.S. Naipaul, Anita Desai, Kamala Markandaya, and Bharati Mukherjee interrogate literature exploring relations between the scions of British imperialism and religious traditions other than Christianity. Expressly concerned with literary embodiments of belief-systems in post-colonial cultures (particularly West African religions in the Caribbean and Hinduism on the Indian subcontinent), these essays also share a sense of Christianity as the pervasive presence of an ideological rhetoric among the economic, social and political dimensions of imperialism. In a polemical Afterword, the editor argues that modes of reading religion and literature in post-colonial cultures are characterised by a theodical preoccupation with a praxis of equity.

The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia

The slightly later study by Cook and Okenimkpe includes Devil on the Cross and is particularly useful as a general introduction to Ngugi , though it is also too early to cover Matigari . More recent studies include those by Jeyifo ...

Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780325070636

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

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Several hundred A-Z entries cover Achebe's major works, important characters and settings, key concepts and issues, and more. Though best known as a novelist, Achebe is also a critic, activist, and spokesman for African culture. This reference is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to his life and writings. Included are several hundred alphabetically arranged entries. Some of these are substantive summary discussions of Achebe's major works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Entries are written by expert contributors and close with brief bibliographies. The volume also provides a general bibliography and chronology. Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe is widely regarded as the most important of the numerous African novelists who gained global attention in the second half of the 20th century. Achebe is certainly the African writer best known in the West, and his first novel, Things Fall Apart, is a founding text of postcolonial African literature and regarded as one of the central works of world literature of the last 50 years. Though best known as a novelist, Achebe is also a critic, activist, and spokesman for African culture. This reference is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to his life and writings. Included are several hundred alphabetically arranged entries. Some of these are substantive summary discussions of Achebe's major works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Other topics include all of his major fictional characters and settings, important concepts and issues central to his writings, historical persons, places, and events relevant to his works, and influential texts by other writers. Entries are written by expert contributors and close with brief bibliographies. The volume also provides a general bibliography and chronology.