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Book Talk: Writing on the Soil Land and Landscape in Literature from Eastern and Southern Africa

by Ng’ang’a Wahu-Muchiri , Assistant Professor of English at UNL

3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Willa Cather Dining Complex Room: Red Cloud A
530 N 17th St
Lincoln NE 68588-1600
Courtney Hillebrecht,
In Writing on the Soil, author Ng’ang’a Wahu-Muchiri argues that representations of land and landscape perform significant metaphorical labor in African literatures, and this argument evolves across several geographical spaces.
Each chapter’s analysis is grounded in a particular locale: western Kenya, colonial Tanganyika, post-independence Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Anam Ka’alakol (Lake Turkana), Kampala, and Kitgum in Northern Uganda. Moreover, each section contributes to a deeper understanding of the aesthetic choices that authors make when deploying tropes revolving around land, landscape, and the environment.
Muchiri disentangles the numerous connections between geography and geopolitical space on the one hand, and ideology and cultural analysis on the other. This book embodies a multi-layered argument in the sphere of African critical scholarship, while adding to the growing field of African land rights scholarship—an approach that foregrounds the close reading of Africa’s literary canon.

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This event originated in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.