Ngugi wa thiong o something torn and new

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ngugi wa thiong o something torn and new

Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongo

Novelist Ngugi wa Thiongo has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the 1970s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language to culture. In Something Torn and New, Ngugi explores Africas historical, economic, and cultural fragmentation by slavery, colonialism, and globalization. Throughout this tragic history, a constant and irrepressible force was Europhonism: the replacement of native names, languages, and identities with European ones. The result was the dismemberment of African memory.Seeking to remember language in order to revitalize it, Ngugis quest is for wholeness. Wide-ranging, erudite, and hopeful, Something Torn and New is a cri de coeur to save Africas cultural future.
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Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language to culture. In Something Torn and New , Ngugi explores Africa's historical, economic, and cultural fragmentation by slavery, colonialism, and globalization.
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Something Torn and New

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Of the utmost importance is the key that rekindling memory will bring to a renewed Africa. Only he chooses to tackle the mental and intellectual dismemberment that resulted from those violent regimes. In his view, the prominent issue withholding Africans from the fruits of liberty is a shackled memory. Our memories link past and present, space and time. So what happens when this memory is misshapen? In the act of beheading, the head is physically cut from the body. By this view, one can also perceive a separation of the memory from the body.

New York: Basic Civitas Books. The Wizard of the Crow London: Harvill Secker. Dambisa Moyo. London: Allen Lane. Indeed, modernity can be considered a product of colonialism. Something Torn and New is about the systematic starving and killing of indigenous languages and the conditions for their revival.

Something Torn and New

Rate this book. - Seeking to remember language in order to revitalize it, Ngugi's quest is for wholeness.

Worried about plagiarism? Read this. Help Login Sign Up. In Ngugi Wa Thiong'o's, Something Torn and New, Thiong'o seeks to explain how Africa was dis-membered and its identity was destroyed and European memory deeply embedded in its place. The colonization of Africa robbed Africa of not only the physical resources as considered by many, but the identity and memory as well, thus creating dismemberment.

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  1. Jolene M. says:

    Something Torn and New. An African Renaissance. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. A MEMBER OF THE PERSEUS BOOKS GROUP. NEW YORK.

  2. Encarnación E. says:

    Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to.

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