Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Editor(s): Oliver Lovesey
Pages: ix & 265 pp.
“Lovesey’s collection of essays is exemplary. It covers the full range of Ngũgĩ’s output both as a creative writer and as a critic, and it focuses on texts that are widely used in classrooms throughout the world.”
Bernth Lindfors, University of Texas, Austin
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 have continued 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; how the role of women in his fiction is inflected by feminism; 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.
F. Odun Balogun
Steve Gronert Ellerhoff
W. O. Maloba
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
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