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Protected: Final Paper

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Protected: “We are All Looking for a Cure:” Reconstructing the Traumatic Past in Ngugi’s Petals of Blood

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Poetic Personal and Prosaic Public

I was intrigued by the form of Our Sister Killjoy. As I read, I was trying to parse through why some of the narrative was written in prose, and why some was written in poetry. Often the poetry sections delve … Continue reading

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Abstract

In recent years, many of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s critics have attended to the narrative style of the author’s novel, Petals of Blood. In Postcolonialism in the Wake of the Nairobi Revolution, Apollo Obonyo Amoko argues that Ngugi’s style in this … Continue reading

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Annotated Bibliography

My paper will explore how form represents trauma in Ngugi wa Thiongo’s Petals of Blood. I am interested in looking into the ways in which the formal elements of the novel work to process the trauma of the colonial past, … Continue reading

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Cross-Continental Quotidian Life

I really enjoyed Njabulo Ndebele’s “Rediscovery of the Ordinary” because it resonated in a lot of ways with the Open Book talk I just heard by Jenny Offill. Ndebele, of course, argues that much South African literature has focused on … Continue reading

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Redemption in Disgrace?

  How are we to understand the workings of grace in Coetzee’s Disgrace? In this narrative, David falls from grace for abusing his young student, Melanie. Although in my own reading I see his advances as violations of the girl’s … Continue reading

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