The Politics of Naming, Misnaming and Renaming in The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (1976) by Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Micere Githae Mugo
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 6, Issue 3, May 2018, Pages: 44-53
Received: Jun. 7, 2018; Accepted: Jul. 6, 2018; Published: Aug. 16, 2018
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Saliou Dione, Department of Anglophone Studies, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Dakar, Senegal
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Abstract
Ngugi and Mugo’s co-authored play, The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (1976), encompasses a vast vision of history and memory in the indigenous war of resistance against British colonialism. The play aims at focusing on the Kenyan masses-led struggle before and after constitutional independence. It intends to give ground to an insightful analysis of the politics of naming, misnaming, and renaming which, indeed, has been used as a way of fashioning and refashioning this part of Kenya’s history. To make it through, we will adopt an onomastic approach to further see how the two playwrights engage in (hi)story, historicity and memory (re)construction of the Mau Mau revolution and its leader Dedan Kimathi, and herocism and memoria building, and weave (hi)story and ideology with a view to breaking the psychological and economic bondage of the neo/colonial periods. In so being, it will be possible to point out how the protagonist, Dedan Kimathi, sets at defiance the colonialist’s politics of domination and exploitation in the colonial and post-colonial eras.
Keywords
(Hi)story, Memory, (Neo)colonization, Trial, Politics, (Re)construction, Resistance.
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Saliou Dione, The Politics of Naming, Misnaming and Renaming in The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (1976) by Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Micere Githae Mugo, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2018, pp. 44-53. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20180603.11
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