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Class Struggle, Elitism and Social Collectivism in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross: A Marxist Approach
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross represents both an insightful interpretation and a scathing critique of Kenyan politics and society during the period of neo-colonialism. The present thesis aims to explore, with the help of Marxist ideology and criticism, the relevance of the issues of class struggle, elitism and social collectivism in the novel. At the same time, this study will attempt to define Devil on the Cross as a "national allegory" depicting situations that are common to almost all post-colonial societies, and in particular, how the novel's ideological and political commitment is an important feature as it reflects Ngugi’s effort to draw attention to how Kenya and Africa as a whole suffered from imperialism, neo-colonialism, and a corrupt and greedy capitalist society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2011. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Ngugi, Marxism, Capitalism, Class Struggle, Neo-Colonialism.
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-6120OAI: diva2:519152
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-12-11 Created: 2011-12-11 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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