WorldCat Identities

Nicholls, Brendon

Works: 3 works in 23 publications in 1 language and 1,054 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR9381.9.N45, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Brendon Nicholls
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, gender, and the ethics of postcolonial reading by Brendon Nicholls( )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first comprehensive book-length study of gender politics in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's fiction. Brendon Nicholls argues that mechanisms of gender subordination are strategically crucial to Ngugi's ideological project from his first novel to his most recent one. Nicholls describes the historical pressures that lead Ngugi to represent women as he does, and shows that the novels themselves are symptomatic of the cultural conditions that they address. Reading Ngugi's fiction in terms of its Gikuyu allusions and references, a gendered narrative of history emerges that creates transgressive spaces for women. Nicholls bases his discussion on moments during the Mau Mau rebellion when women's contributions to the anti-colonial struggle could not be reduced to a patriarchal narrative of Kenyan history, and this interpretive manoeuvre permits a reading of Ngugi's fiction that accommodates female political and sexual agency." "Nicholls contributes to postcolonial theory by proposing a methodology for reading cultural difference. This methodology critiques cultural practices like clitoridectomy in an ethical manner that seeks to avoid both cultural imperialism and cultural relativism. His strategy of 'performative reading', that is, making the conditions of one text (such as folklore, history, or translation) active in another (for example, fiction, literary narrative, or nationalism), makes possible an ethical reading of gender and of the conditions of reading in translation."--Jacket
Nadine Gordimer's July's people by Brendon Nicholls( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nadine Gordimer is one of the most important writers to emerge in the twentieth century. Her anti-Apartheid novel July's People (1981) is a powerful example of resistance writing and continues even now to unsettle easy assumptions about issues of power, race, gender and identity. This guide to Gordimer's compelling novel offers:an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of July's People a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present a selection of new and reprinted critical ess
Clitoridectomy and Gikuyu nationalism in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's "The river between." by Brendon Nicholls( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Audience level: 0.11 (from 0.01 for Ngugi wa T ... to 0.97 for Clitoridec ...)

Ngugi wa Thiong'o, gender, and the ethics of postcolonial reading
Nadine Gordimer's July's people
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