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Penpoints, gunpoints, and dreams : the performance of literature and power in post-colonial Africa /
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo.
imprint
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
description
xi, 139 p.
ISBN
0198183909 (hb)
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imprint
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
isbn
0198183909 (hb)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1913419
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This study explores the relationship between art and political power in society, taking as its starting point the experience of writers in contemporary Africa, where they are seen as the enemy of the postcolonial state.
Long Description
Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams explores the relationship between art and political power in society, taking as its starting point the experience of writers in contemporary Africa, where they are often seen as the enemy of the postcolonial state. This study, in turn, raises the wider issues of the relationship between the state of art and the art of the state, particularly in their struggle for the control of performance space in territorial, temporal, social, and even psychic contexts. Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, calls for the alliance of art and people power, freedom and dignity against the encroachments of modern states. Art, he argues, needs to be active, engaged, insistent on being what it has always been, the embodiment of dreams for a truly human world.
Main Description
Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams explores the relationship between art and political power in society, taking as its starting point the experience of writers in contemporary Africa, where they are often seen as the enemy of the postcolonial state. This study, in turn, raises the wider issuesof the relationship between the state of art and the art of the state, particularly in their struggle for the control of performance space in territorial, temporal, social, and even psychic contexts. Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, calls for the alliance of art and people power, freedom anddignity against the encroachments of modern states. Art, he argues, needs to be active, engaged, insistent on being what it has always been, the embodiment of dreams for a truly human world.
Main Description
Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams explores the relationship between art and political power in society, taking as its starting point the experience of writers in contemporary Africa, where they are often seen as the enemy of the postcolonial state. This study raises the wider issues of the relationship between the state of art and the art of the state, particularly in their struggle for the control of performance space in territorial, temporal, social, and even psychic contexts. Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, calls for the alliance of art and people power, freedom and dignity against the encroachments of modern states. Art, he argues, needs to be active, engaged, insistent on being what it has always been, the embodiment of dreams for a truly human world.
Unpaid Annotation
The author, one of Africa's leading writers, explores the relationship between art and political power in society, taking as its starting point the experience of writers in contemporary Africa, where writers are often seen as enemies of the post-colonial state. This study raises the wider issues of the relationship between the state of art and the art of the state, within territorial, temporal, social, and even psychic contexts.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
Art War with the State: Writers and Guardians of a Postcolonial Society
Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams: The Conflict Between the Crafts of Art and the State
Enacting Power: The Politics of the Performance State
Voicing Silence: Language, Democracy, and a New World Order
Renaissance or Orature: Freeing Creativity from the Literary Colonisation of Orality
Conclusion
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