PDF | On Mar 1, , Jenna Hanchey and others published Review of Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing By Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o New York : Columbia UP, , pp – Volume 1 Issue 2 – Oliver. Globalectics: Theory and Politics of Knowing, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, New York: The four essays gathered in Globalectics focus on the legacy of.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Another masterpiece from the prolific, waywardly gifted and thought-provoking Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Once I finished reading this book, I wondered why wa Thiong’o has never won the nobel prize for Literature, and is not as universally acknowledged in the world of literature.


The entire world is a better place in my view for wa Thiong’o’s brilliantly articulated theories that he has enuciated persuasively in this book.

I recommend this book to all those with a keen interest in the theory of literature from the African perspective. In this pithy book, he makes a case for the reconceptualization of the preeminence of global literature.

To paraphrase him, world literature, of which the postcolonial is an integral part, is our common heritage as much as the air we breathe. Thus, Globalectics becomes the way of reading world literature.

According to Ngugi, Globalectics, derived from the shape of the globe, is the mutual containment of hereness and thereness in time and place.

Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing

In his view, globalectical reading means breaking open the prison house of imagination built by theories. This literary vantage point presupposes that the act of reading becomes also a ;olitics of self-examination.

This book delves in into a myriad of other literary concepts, not least of which is the symbiotic relationship that exists between Orature and Literature. This truly is a masterpiece! I will be including it as required reading for the postcolonial literature course that I teach at the University of Indianapolis because I perceive the book to be germane to any course that focuses on postcolonial discourse.


I have the conviction that all students of postcolonial theory at college level should be given the opportunity to read this fine book. Instructors of postcolonial literature and theory would find this book a potent working tool.

GLOBALECTICS – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

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