Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing


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Columbia University Press
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5.5 X 0.7 X 8.3 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author

Ngugi wa Thiong'o is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine, and an award-winning Kenyan author currently writing primarily in the Gikuyu language. The author of novels, plays, short stories, and essays, Ngugi wa Thiong'o is founder and editor of the online Gikuyu-language journal, Mutiiri, and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent books include Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir; Decolonising the Mind; Something Torn and New; and the novels The River Between, Petals of Blood, and Wizard of the Crow, among others.


In an ever-shrinking world, this book demonstrated the need to understand the similarities and differences in the stories we tell each other.--Publishers Weekly
Offers a vision of cultural diversity as the revivifying blossom of independence within the global inter-state system.--Shane Moran "Historical Materialism "
Ngugi's writing style seamlessly blends personal narratives with complex theoretical discussions, taking the reader on a journey that combines his indisputable literary skills with an acute awareness of the theoretical landscape.--Annika Hughes "ID: International Dialogue "
Globalectics allows us to read world literature through Ngugi's sharp and compassionate eyes. Part memoir, part magisterial survey, and entirely engrossing, this book is a capstone to a long and brilliant career.--Christopher L. Miller, Yale University
Globalectics is an outstandingly succinct, grounded, and wide-reaching study that will be of interest, and an inspiration, to many scholars, especially those working and teaching in the fields of globalization and of postcolonial and comparative literary studies.--Erica Lombard "MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW "
Enriched in essays that explore the colonial relation and its epistemologies, colonial education, and the postcolonial as a model for the study of world literature in the present.--Decolonial Gesture
Presents both theory and personal history, in a fairly winning combination.--Complete Review
Ngũgĩ calls for remembrance, a type of global mourning, for all of the victims of colonialism and slavery, and Globalectics points to a more hopeful future.--Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry
Like many of Ngũgĩ 's essays, the book is a castigation of autocratic postcolonial states and intellectuals' complicity with neo-colonialism, for instance through their continued use of European languages.--Stellenbosch Literary Project