Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

The Postcolonial Intellectual: Ngugi Wa Thiong'o in Context

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

The Postcolonial Intellectual: Ngugi Wa Thiong'o in Context

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Lovesey, Oliver. The Postcolonial Intellectual: Ngugi wa Thiong'o in Context. New York, NY: Routledge, 2016, pp.244, ISBN: 1409409007.

Addressing a neglected dimension in postcolonial scholarship, the author examines the figure of the postcolonial intellectual as repeatedly evoked by the fabled troika of Said, Spivak, and Bhabha and by members of the pan-African diaspora such as Cabral, Fanon, and James. Hence, the primary focus is on wa Thiong'o, considered by many as one of the greatest writers of post-independence Africa. The author's study concentrates on wa Thiong'o's non-fictional prose writings, including his largely overlooked early journalism and his most recent autobiographical and theoretical work with a postcolonial critique that acknowledges wa Thiong'o's complex position as a virtual spokesperson for the oppressed and global conscience who now speaks from a location of privilege. …

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