The Epistemology of Translation: Ngugi, Matigari, and the Politics of Language

Gikandi, Simon
December 1991
Research in African Literatures;Winter1991, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p161
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article focuses on the book "Matigari". Matigari carries the tensions between the parabolic narrative and the desire for realism. This tension arises from author Ngūgī wa Thiong'o divided intentions: on one hand, he anchors his character in the "real" world of Kenyan politics because he wants to provide a commentary on the rise of the postcolonial state as an agent of repression; on the other hand, he hopes to transcend the materiality of state power and neocolonialism by positing his hero as an agent of transformation.


Related Articles

  • The Gendered Politics of Untranslated Language and Aporia in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Petals of Blood. Mwangi, Evan // Research in African Literatures;Winter2004, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p66 

    Petals of Blood, the fourth and the last novel that Ngugi wa Thiong'o wrote in English and published in 1977, contains numerous moments of untranslated African expressions that presage his 1986 abandonment of English as a literary medium. The untranslated expressions are intensely gendered and...

  • Matigari. Villalobos, J. Waldo // Estudios de Asia y Africa;2007, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p473 

    The article reviews the book "Matigari," by Ngugi wa Thiong'o.

  • Ngugi wa Thiong'o: Literature's Challenge to Post-Colonial Imperialism in Africa. Sieben, Nicole // Social Science Docket;Winter/Spring2012, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p27 

    The article focuses on the views of Kenyan revolutionary Ngugi wa Thiong'o with regards to the language and literary challenges in post-colonial European imperialism in Africa. Wa Thiong'o believes that African writers are giving up their cultural independence and abandoning their own language...

  • Matigari: A Tract of Resistance. Gurnah, Abdulrazak // Research in African Literatures;Winter1991, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p169 

    The article focuses on the book "Matigari." Readers who know the work of Ngūgī wa Thiongo will read Matigari with recognition, as if they are traveling over familiar terrain, despite some pronounced variations from his earlier novels. For example, the nature of "the struggle" is...

  • Contentious Absolutism. Olaoluwa, Senayon // Matatu: Journal for African Culture & Society;2011, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p319 

    Much as democratic virtues are crucial to the public sphere, it is not always the case that room is allowed for pluralistic alternative views. Where the space allowed for democratic participation is considered inadequate and unsympathetic to public interests, John Guidry and Mark Sawyer observe,...

  • Subversion and the Carnivalesque. Tembo, Nick Mdika // Matatu: Journal for African Culture & Society;2011, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p337 

    The carnivalesque as a guiding concept provides a useful approach to technique and thematic concerns in the African novel, as some contemporary African novelists have integrated elements of resistance to some form of hegemonic dis/order in their novels. What this essay claims is that Ngũgĩ...

  • 'National Consciousness' in Ngugi Wa Thiango's "A Grain of Wheat". Kolhe, Pankaj Ganpat; Tagad, Bhushan Vitthal // Indian Streams Research Journal;Apr2012, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p224 

    The basic objective of this paper is to focus on the rise of nationalist writing is one way of furthering this revolution in African writers like Chinua Achebe, Ayi-Kwei- Armah, Frantz Fanon, Sylvia Plath, etc. Post- colonial literature is a branch of postmodern literature concerned with the...

  • NgÅ©Å©gÄ©Ä© wa Thiong'o's Wizard of the Crow and Postcolonial Pedagogy. Dalleo, Raphael // Research in African Literatures;Summer2012, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p138 

    The encyclopedic nature of Ngũũgĩĩ's Wizard of the Crow makes it an overt summing up of the author's previous work. At the same time, the novel explicitly positions itself as a break from what came before by rethinking the anticolonial ideologies contained in the earlier work in...

  • Writing against Neocolonialism. Ngara, Emmanuel // Research in African Literatures;Winter1987, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p534 

    Reviews the book "Writing Against Neocolonialism," by Ngugi wa Thiong'o.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics