Ngugi's Matagari and the politics of literature

Glenn Hooper

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    Abstract

    The issue of art in the service of politics is a notoriously complex one. Although many are content with the concept of imaginative writing being harnessed to a political enterprise, not all are happy with the end result. In a review of Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Petals of Blood, for example, Homi Bhabha (1977) suggests that although the narrator avoids a form of 'romantic nationalism' that 'can lead to an idealized quest for identity, for a mystical pristine Otherness', the text's 'rambling narrative and wide cast of characters' are less than impressive.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-31
    Number of pages19
    JournalAlternation
    Volume5
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998

    Keywords

    • 'Matigari'
    • Ngugi wa Thiong'o
    • post-colonial literature
    • romantic nationalism

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