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PERFORMING THE GRUELLING JOURNEY OF UHURU

  • A Diachronic Examination of Postcolonial Politics in Francis Imbuga’s Betrayal in the City (1976), The Return of Mgofu (2011) and The Green Cross of Kafira (2013)

  • Author / Creator
    Musyoki, John
  • This thesis closely examines postcolonial politics in Francis Imbuga’s Betrayal in the City (1976), The Return of Mgofu (2011) and The Green Cross of Kafira (2013). The study critically uses the postcolonial perspective to assess the three plays diachronically. The postcolonial stance situates the plays within the Kenyan post-independence landscape thus establishing a strong discursive connection between theatre and the postcolonial society.
    The central inquiry in this research tries to construct a postcolonial dramaturgical viewpoint. This viewpoint comparatively examines how these plays converse with major historical and political events in the Kenyan postcolony. The time and place which the plays inhabit is used to illustrate how the discourse of uhuru (liberation) in the post-independence society can be augmented through theatre in understanding fundamental postcolonial dynamics like national identity, ethnicity and politics. Theatre as a vibrant socio-cultural discourse occupies a paramount position in postcolonial literacies. Focusing on the selected plays by Francis Imbuga, this research depicts how drama maps out the socio-political experience in an attempt to advance alternative ways for navigating some pressing challenges that face the Kenyan postcolony.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2018
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3WS8J288
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