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Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature By Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o BlancaBusquets,

  • Title: Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature
  • Author: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o BlancaBusquets
  • ISBN: 9780435080167
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ngugi describes this book as a summary of some of the issues in which I have been passionately involved for the last twenty years of my practice in fiction, theatre, criticism and in the teaching of literature.In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Europe stole art treasures from Africa to decorate their houses and museums in the twentieth century Europe is stealingNgugi describes this book as a summary of some of the issues in which I have been passionately involved for the last twenty years of my practice in fiction, theatre, criticism and in the teaching of literature.In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Europe stole art treasures from Africa to decorate their houses and museums in the twentieth century Europe is stealing the treasures of the mind to enrich their languages and cultures.
    Decolonising the Mind The Politics of Language in African Literature Ngugi describes this book as a summary of some of the issues in which I have been passionately involved for the last twenty years of my practice in fiction theatre criticism and in the teaching of l

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    1. Education, far from giving people the confidence in their ability and capacities to overcome obstacles or to become masters of the laws governing external nature as human beings, tends to make them feel their inadequacies, their weaknesses and their incapacities in the face of reality and their inability to do anything about the conditions governing their lives Ngugi wa Thiong o, Decolonising the MindI ve never seen colonialism described as succinctly as in the following passage The real aim of [...]

    2. Ng g wa Thiong o had already published four acclaimed novels in English when, in 1977, he gave up the language as a vehicle for fiction A few years later he published this polemic, which he said would be his last writing in English in any genre.Consequently, he s now probably even famous among sociolinguists than students of literature, because Decolonising the Mind is a rare example of a top practitioner setting out a total rationale, complete with backstory and running examples, of the politi [...]

    3. In this work Ngugi wa Thiong o bids farewell to his practice of writing in English, adding that he hopes translation will enable him to continue to communicate with all He then explains the passionate reasoning behind his belief in the use of African languages by African writers.I have come to realise and that work, any work, even literary creative work, is not the result of an individual genius but the result of a collective effortTaking as a founding principle that imperialism and its intern [...]

    4. Essential reading And re reading.I couldn t even think about quoting this after 30 or so pages, just had to read and read but it needs to be re read It is the final triumph of a system of domination when the dominated start singing its virtues page 20 The European missionary believed too much in his mission of conquest not to communicate it is the languages most readily available to the people the African writer believes too much in African literature to write it in those ethnic, divisive and un [...]

    5. Decolonizing the Mind is integral, I think, to understanding anti colonialist struggles The western world understands colonialism in terms of the most visible aspects of a nation, namely its leadership People fail to recognize the long term effects of colonialism such as widespread poverty Decolonizing the Mind reminds us of another of these aftereffects, specifically, the domination of language by the Western World In a sense, the language barrier has enabled social apartheid where legal separa [...]

    6. Decolonizing the Mind is integral, I think, to understanding anti colonialist struggles The western world understands colonialism in terms of the most visible aspects of a nation, namely its leadership People fail to recognize the long term effects of colonialism such as widespread poverty Decolonizing the Mind reminds us of another of these aftereffects, specifically, the domination of language by the Western World In a sense, the language barrier has enabled social apartheid where legal separa [...]

    7. Gracias a los premios Nobel de literatura se pueden descubrir autores que de otra manera permanecer an ignotos por la mayor a de habitantes de la comunidad lectora Tal es el caso del keniata Ng g wa Thiong o, un excelente autor que, gracias a estar a punto de ganarlo dos a os consecutivos, hemos visto publicados este a o dos libros de la mano de PMRH en su complet simo sello Debolsillo uno ha sido una reedici n que ten an de su cat logo de Alfaguara, El brujo del cuervo el otro, Descolonizar la [...]

    8. An amazing book by a Kenyan author on understanding the psychology of exploitation and oppression by colonialism and imperialism Its focus is on the exploitation of Africans by Europeans through the domination of culture, but its lessons are applicable to the struggles of all people.It s a must read I learned about it from a Palestinian activist visiting the United States.

    9. I had the pleasure to read part of this work a few months ago for my Postcolonial Literature class and had been meaning to read the whole of it ever since Now that I found some time to do it, I gotta say this is a MUST for anyone interested in the effects of colonization in African literature, fiction and theatre Very thought provoking and even intense knowing this was actually Thiong o s way of saying goodbye to writing in English.

    10. Subway book because Wizard of the Crow is too heavy for the commute.First reread in about fifteen years So far I ve discovered I completely misremembered at least one major point wa Thiong o, far from being hostile about the translation of his work into English, welcomes it as a continued communication He just refuses to make English his primary language of literary communication.This discovery is not particularly surprising, given how I ve seen other white people misread and miscomprehend simil [...]

    11. Ci sono domande che sono determinanti nell universo della scrittura Quale tipo di linguaggio necessario utilizzare Che rapporto esiste tra la condizione dei personaggi e lo stile con cui si esprimono E come far convivere l espressione linguistica delle varie epoche storiche con la contemporaneit dei lettori Domande che sono alla base di quella struttura che dal Settecento si formata con il nome di romanzo e che lo stesso Alessandro Manzoni si posto per tutti i decenni di travaglio di quei Promes [...]

    12. Thiong o explains how colonialism has deemed African languages unworthy of use both by the colonizers and the colonized He explains how a cultural bomb was dropped on Africa so the minds and consequently the resources of Africans were controlled Make them hate themselves, as the mission goes This was seen in the schools where European languages were idolized, the streets where African languages became synonymous with the language of the peasantry, and at the prison cells were those African write [...]

    13. Decolonising the Mind is a fascinating and thought provoking dissection of the effects of colonization in African literature through the lens of one of the most well respected African writers The book, Ngugi wa Thiong o s last in English, traces the effects colonization has had on literature, theatre, and fiction in Africa and what has been done and can be done to create something authentically and wholly African It raises questions of self and culture, imperialism, and language through the eye [...]

    14. I took a class with this author He s extremely intelligent and presents an interesting argument about the politics of language In this critical theory text, he addresses the way the colonial process works on the cultural level as opposed to the material, political, or even physical level He encourages the use of African languages rather than the language of former colonizers in African literature He also explains how his personal experiences informed his opinions on the politics of language, whi [...]

    15. Very thought provoking and insightful work I read a book like this once long ago by a lesser well known author called Chika Onyeani, the book was called Capitalist Nigger The Road to Success A Spider Web Doctrine While Onyeani s work may not have had the editorial attention Thiongo s work received, they both speak the same language regarding Western domination and the destruction of the African identity Great read.

    16. Es muy sano que de vez en cuando alguien o algo te rompa los esquemas, y este libro lo ha hecho conmigo frica y su cultura es tan vasta, tan rica y tan variada que aun haciendo un esfuerzo por no recurrir a t picos, por no seguir aquello en lo que se nos educa con respecto al continente y por no aprehender de a los africanos tal y como nos los comunican la sociedad y los medios resulta imposible determinar que la las conoces O al menos yo considerar a poco honesto hacerlo.Conoc la obra de Ng g w [...]

    17. Llibre molt complet sobre la import ncia de la llengua pr pia en la configuraci cultural, social i hist rica Respon de forma excel lent la pregunta inicial per a la vegada deixa moltes preguntes sense resoldre sovint perqu no tenen una resposta clara Llibre cabdal no nom s pels pa sos culturalment debastats per imperis col lonitzadors com s el cas de Kenya, sin totes aquelles lleng es que en certa mesura es rebaixen davant lleng es m s potents en l mbit internacional com podria ser l angl s M s [...]

    18. Ng g s framework is overtly Marxist, tho not wantonly heady Language is fundamentally social, thus grows out of social relations, which are material relations Imperial languages are the product of other material relations, thus serve to alienate the colonised from their native languages their own social beings The committed artist, then, needs to work with these local languages the real language of humankind the language of struggle developing them as critical imaginative artistic tools Marx pri [...]

    19. Decolonising the mind is a perfect book that dares to touch on the subject many western imperialist and neo colonized mind wouldn t find interesting The subject of our African languages to be used in literal work has always been met with different forces both internal and external but still, they have remained strong But African languages refused to die They would not simply go the way of Latin to become the fossils for linguistic archaeology to dig up, classify, and argue about the internationa [...]

    20. Leer a Ng g wa Thiong o es revulsionar la mente Su experiencia vital le lleva a abandonar el ingl s y escribir en su lengua nativa africana como forma de rebelarse contra la m s terrible arma del colonialismo la cultura.Todas las personas interesadas en la cultura deber an leer este libro para hacerse conscientes de hasta qu punto nos conforma Tambi n, para entender qu es el postcolonialismo, una tiran a de suaves formas en la que el mundo occidental no deja de estar tambi n inmerso.Un libro de [...]

    21. Decolonising the Mind is a superb 4 part meditation on how European languages have colonized Africanist literature and criticism Thiong o s critiques this colonization in pursuit of identifying truly Africanist authors and bodies of literature For anyone interested in Post colonialism, this book is easily as important as Said s Orientalism.

    22. Ng g wa Thiong o s Decolonising the Mind is certainly a seminal text, not just as regards to the study of African literature, as opposed to Afro European literature, but as regards to other concerns as well, such as the politics of language, education, drama in a post colonial state and so on, that have since become standard discussions in the study of post colonial theory and novels However, there were some points that I did not agree with which is usually the result when an author tends to be [...]

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