PDF | On Mar 1, , Jenna Hanchey and others published Review of Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing By Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o New York : Columbia UP, , pp – Volume 1 Issue 2 – Oliver. Globalectics: Theory and Politics of Knowing, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, New York: The four essays gathered in Globalectics focus on the legacy of.

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Theory and the Politics of Knowing. In the Name of the Mother: Reflections on Writers and Empire.

He began his career as a writer in the s and, through his criticism, became a leading advocate for a critical rethinking of the legacies of colonial theort and its accompanying epistemologies. Beginning in the early s, as part of his advocacy for African languages and literatures, he began writing in Gikuyu—a position and process outlined in the canonical collection, Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature This is especially the case in the choice of the material discussed: In the piece on African cinema, for example, the most recent film discussed is from tge Ngugi makes only brief reference to the rise of Nollywood and video production, leaving out the proliferation of digital technologies that are reshaping cinema around the globe.


Proposed as a diversifying corrective to dialectics, globalectics: The spatial metaphor of the globe—in which, Ngugi writes, all points are equidistant from the center—allows him to gesture beyond a specific geographical or historical context.

The globe here stands for a radical reorganization of epistemological frameworks, and this makes possible the location of so-called ephemeral forms of knowing including orature and performance at the center of world literature and culture.

While the language used to define globalectics at times approaches the mystical, at its core knowkng is a call for a critical self-consciousness. As Ngugi writes a little later, globalectics calls for letting the act of reading become a process of critical self-examination It is, ultimately, a reading practice for thery the essays in this collection function as a performative example.

A key connecting thread that runs through the essays in Globalectics is the story of the proposal, made by Ngugi and fellow faculty members inthat the English Department at the University of Nairobi be replaced with a Department of Literature.

But it remains unclear how exactly we might distinguish austerity or simplicity in ornamentation from elisions or oversights. But there are also instances in which explicit engagement with certain critics and critical discourses might have enriched the argument.


GLOBALECTICS – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

It remains to be seen where Ngugi and others will take globalectics. Globalectics may find its practitioners in contemporary conversations on world literature, but I would suggest that it might be equally—if not perhaps more—valuable to scholars working on national knowinv regional traditions as a tool for thinking differently about the inside and outside of those corpuses.

Unmasking the African Dictator. She is also the guest editor for a forthcoming issue of the journal The Global South. From now on it is Gikuyu and Kiswahili all the way.


This detention proved a turning point. In the years that followed, he became a leading advocate for writing in African languages.

Dossier pedagogical notes from the decolonial cracks Catherine Walsh decolonizing the gesture of friendship between indigenous nations Dot Tuer exhibiting the decolonial option: