Ngugi waThiong'o

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Distinguished Professor, Comparative Literature
School of Humanities

Distinguished Professor, English
School of Humanities

Phone: (949) 824-6722
Fax: (949) 824-6723

University of California, Irvine
279 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2651
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
African Literature, postcolonialism, globalization
Academic Distinctions
(Selected): Paul Robeson Award for Artistic Excellence, Political Conscience and Integrity (1992); Gwendolyn Brooks Center Contributors Award for Significant Contribution to the Black Literary Arts (1994); Fonlon-Nichols Prize 1996); Distinguished Africanist Award by the New York African Studies Association (1996);
Nonino International Prize for Literature; 2001 Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Cabinet.
Research Abstract
My research interests include Caribbean and African Literature. I am interested in the politics of culture in post-colonial condition. My main interest is in the problematic interaction between dominant languages and marginalized ones. A large amount of knowledge in most postcolonial societies is produced in former colonial languages. What is the impact and effect of this on the culture/s where most people do not speak the dominant language? I explore how the production of knowledge affects the development of these societies. I draw on various disciplines, particularly politics and philosophy and cultural theories.

My other interests lie in writing fiction. I use the novel form to explore issues of wealth, power and values in society and how their production and organization in society impinge on the quality of a people’s spiritual life. In my current novel, Wizard of the Crow, I explore issues of globalization.
On Literature and Culture
Homecoming, Heinemann, London, 1969
Writers in Politics, Heinemann, London, 1982
Barrel of a Pen, Heinemann, London, 1983
Decolonising the Mind, James Currey Ltd, London, 1986
Moving the Centre; Struggle For Cultural Freedoms, James Currey Ltd, London, 1993
Penpoints, Gunpoints and Dreams, Oxford University Press, 1998
Detained: A Writers Prison Diary, Heinemann, London, 1982

Short Stories
Secret Lives, a collection, Heinemann, London, 1970

The Black Hermit, Makerere University Press, 1962 and Heinemann, London, 1969
This Time Tomorrow, Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, 1970
The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, (with Micere Mugo); Heinemann, London, 1976
Ngaahika Ndeenda, (Gikuyu with Ngugi wa Mirii); Heinemann, Nairobi,1980
I will marry when I want, (English trans. of the above); Heinemann, London, 1982
Weep not Child, Heinemann, London, 1964
The River Between, Heinemann, London, 1965
A Grain of Wheat, Heinemann, London, 1967
Petals of Blood, Heinemann, London, 1977
Caitaani Mutharabaini, Gikuyu, Heinemann, Nairobi, 1980
Devil on the Cross (English trans. Heinemann, London, 1982
Matigari Ma Njiriuungi, Gikuyu, Heinemann, Nairobi,1986
Matigari, English trans. Heinemann, London, 1989
Murogi wa Kagogo (Gikuyu), E.A. E. P., Nairobi, 2004 (Bk 1 & 2); Bk 3, 2006
Wizard or the Crow, (English translation), Pantheon Books, New York, 2006
Something Torn & New: An African Renaissance, Basic Civitas Books, 2009
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Clifford B. Robson, New York: St Martins Press, 1979
An Introduction to the Writings of Ngugi wa Thiong’o, G. Killam, London, Exeter, NH: Heinemann Educational, 1980
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, an Exploration of his Writings, David Cook, Michael Okenimkpe, London: Heinemann, 1983
Ngugi wa Thiong’o: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources 1957- 1987, Carol Sichermann, London, Munich, New York: Hans Zell Publishers, 1989
Mother Sing For Me: People's Theatre in Kenya, Ingrid Björkman; Ngugi wa Thiong’o, London, Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Zed Books, 1989
Ngugi wa Thiong’o: The Making of a Rebel, Carol Sicherman, London, Munich, New York: Hans Zell Publishers, 1990
The World of Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Charles Cantalupo, ed., Trenton: African World Press, 1995, 1993
Achebe and Ngugi, Indrasena Reddy, New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1994
Ngugi wa Thiong’o: Texts and Contexts, Charles Cantalupo, ed, Trenton: African World Press, 1995
Politics as Fiction: The Novels of Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Harish Narang, New Delhi: Creative Books, 1995
Ngugi and African Postcolonial Narrative: The Novel as Oral Narative in Multi-genre Performance, F. Odun Balogun, St-Hyachinthe, Quebec: World Heritage Press, 1997
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Patrick Williams, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998
Ngugi’s Novels and African History: Narrating the Nation, James Ogude, London, Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 1999
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Oliver Lovesay, New York: Twayne Publishers, 2000
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Simon Gikandi, Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000
Critical Essays on Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Peter Nazareth, New York: Twayne Publishers, 2000
The Writer as Activist: South Asian Perspectives on Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Bernth Lindfors, Bala Kothandaraman, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2001
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