Rupturing Neocolonial Legacies in the African Novel: Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Matigari as a Paradigm

  • Damlègue Lare
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter examines the literary aesthetics Ngugi uses to rupture neocolonial legacies and deconstruct imperialist discourses in Matigari. Marxist aesthetics and postcolonialist literary criticism proposed by Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffith and Helen Tiffin are used as theoretical frameworks. The study spells out the capacity of African fictional character, Matigari, as an agent able to effect change in contemporary African societies. The specific question I am trying to answer in this analytical chapter is "to what extent does the Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o attain the rupturing of neocolonial legacies of political oppression and economic exploitation in his novel Matigari?"


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  • Damlègue Lare
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  1. 1.University of LomeLomeTogo

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