Essay: Post-colonial Theory

Introduction:

Welcome to our final essay assignment, Essay #3: Post-colonial Theory. In this essay, you’ll explore “the language question” and take a position on Ngugi’s thesis in Decolonising the Mind.

Prompt: 

In a thesis-driven, highly analytical essay, critique Ngugi’s assertion that African authors—to craft “authentically” African literature—must write in an African language.

Considerations:

Do you agree with Ngugi? What are some of the limitations of his suggestion that problematize his definition of African literature? Finally, although Ngugi concerns himself with African literature in a post-colonial context, because his ideas are rooted in a more general theory of language, his assertions have unexpected implications for all uses of language, even day-to-day, nonliterary ones. What are some of these implications? How can we apply what we’ve learned from Ngugi in our own lives? Explain.

Requirements:

  • 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • MLA style throughout, including a complete and correct works cited page
  • Heavy analysis (only minimal summary)
  • At least one scholarly, outside source
Read chapter 1 of Ngugi’s Decolonising the Mind.

watch my Intro to Ngugi’s Decolonising the Mind Zoom

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/rec/play/rHTg3rxWOnJEu983WSF5GXEEOj63ZYNzmZmTXX60neHC9UeLWahWuubg45jqUq4tMhapRLV9GeDntXrz.TMY3rpAdDOTCcH6a?startTime=1619470887000&_x_zm_rtaid=kLi5-Q5ySueIlfXd2ITDHA.1622269546092.2cee5118189143469f6aca8047fd6dff&_x_zm_rhtaid=649