Oral Features in Ngugi wa Thiong

KIIRU PROFMUCHUGUDH. "Oral Features in Ngugi wa Thiong.". In: African Affairs 18 (June 2005):231-46. Philosophical Issues Invoked by Shona People; 2005.


The article examines some preponderant elements that create an impression that Ngugi wa Thiong'o's novel, Devil on the Cross, is orally narrated. More often than not associated with oral discourse, these elements are the narrative voice, biblical allusions, oral literature and the confessional mode. As a result of preponderant oral elements in a form of written discourse, there is not only intersection between oral and written discourse but also an interface between the two modes of transmission of literary works, oral and written, in the novel. Consequently, the article calls for further research into the implications this interface has for the two modes of transmission of literary works.




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