• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Ngugi's On the Abolition of the English Department

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Abel Girma IB English Mr. Lucky November 2012 Ngugi's ?On the Abolition of the English Department? 1. This essay is a response to what? What assumption is Ngugi challenging? What is he rejecting? This essay is a response by Ngugi to the paper presented by the Head of the English Department at the University of Nairobi on the 20th of September 1968. Ngugi is challenging the assumption that the English language is the most important field of study in the university and in other African universities. He's rejecting the fact that English language, literature and culture are given a fundamental role in African universities. 1. What specifically is Ngugi proposing? Does this mean rejecting other language and culture streams? ...read more.

Middle

Soon, French became omnipresent in African literature and culture. Ngugi is thus referring to the importance of French in African literature by stating that it's ?nonsense to talk of modern African literature without French.? However, things have definitely changed since then. Colonialism is no longer extant and the French no longer have control over African literature. Nevertheless, many West African countries continue to use French as their mother-tongue and French remains a popular language in African literature. It can also be added that currently, English has become more and more influential in African literature and culture; not due to colonialism but to the USA's and England's cultural appeal to Africans. 1. Why does Ngugi argue for the inclusion of oral literature in the department? ...read more.

Conclusion

Why or why not? An interesting quote from his conclusion is that ?education is a means of knowledge about ourselves.? I agree with this statement because it makes sense that one finds out more about his or her roots and personality through learning more As for the ?literary excellence?, Ngugi raises an excellent point about perspective. Literature isn't ?excellent? simply because it's written in a certain way but the audience also matters because the audience is the ultimate judge. One cannot simply ?fight against Bad English? or bad literature as Orwell suggests because perspective matters. Ngugi also believes that African literature must be seen from an African perspective, which makes sense to a certain extent but approaching any work of literature from a very limited perspective isn't good. In today's world, things must be seen from international perspective not only from an African perspective. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. A Comparison between An African Sermon and Roman Fever-

    African culture or place, so he cannot imagine what it would be like. After Leonard told Douglas his story about his brother, Douglas felt a lot more connected to Africa, and he knew more about the lifestyles. He becomes more experienced.

  2. Why is English the global language and not some other?

    This figure increased to 215 in the 2000 census. This is almost four times as many mother-tongue speakers as any other nation. But also the seeds of a conflict between the need for intelligibility and the need for identity were beginning to grow- a conflict which, by the later decades

  1. Fasting Feasting by Anita Desai Detailed Study Notes

    In Hindu belief, Banyan trees are very special and are often called 'wishing trees' and are considered sacred and eternal because the branches keep growing. Uma's "refuge" is a banyan tree, which could show how she feels close to her culture in a way but when she describes the "leafy

  2. IB ENGLISH ANTIGONE ESSAY

    Ismene - a little older and perhaps wiser as some might say - argues that a compromise with Creon is the best solution, while Antigone argues that she has no desire to see his point of view. Ismene tells her, "I pity Polynices just as much as you do.

  1. MARKETING MIX CA HEINEKEN TI TH TRNG VIT NAM:Heineken marketing strategies

    ��y cung l� nhung y�u quan trong nh�t g�p ph�n dinh vi v� ph�n biet thuong hieu Heineken tr�n thi truong. B�n canh d�, thuong hieu Heineken cung c� vu cho tinh th�n nhiet t�nh hang h�i. Ngo�i ra Heineken lu�n c� m�i li�n he chat che voi kh�ch h�ng

  2. History research - Early Australian bushrangers. English writing -my region and favourite authors.

    (The Wild Colonial Boy) bush-ranger ???.; ???????. ?????? ??????????, ???????????? ? ???????? ? ??????? ???????? The Dreaming of Australian Indigenous people / ?????????? ????????????? ?????????? Aboriginal dancers telling Dreamtime stories at the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony. Image source unknown. Warning.

  1. The Role of English in the 21st Century

    This language characteristic makes it unique in history. Finally, no English language central authority guards the purity of the language, therefore, many dialects have developed: American, British, Canadian, Indian, and Australian, to name a few. There is no standard pronunciation.

  2. Arabic oral IB introduction

    ÙÙر٠اÙضا٠ا٠تأثÙر صÙت اÙÙصÙدة عÙ٠اÙÙارئ ÙتÙث٠اÙضا٠بÙÙع اÙÙصÙدة اÙÙتÙÙÙ ÙاÙÙتسائÙاÙØ°Ù Ùبحث ع٠اجابة ÙأسئÙØ© داÙت ÙعÙÙØ© عÙ٠ابÙاب اÙتارÙØ® ÙÙØ° بدأ اÙØ®ÙÙÙØ© ÙÙÙ٠بÙا اجÙبة. Ù٠اÙÙÙÙ٠اÙضا٠اÙÙÙ٠با٠حاجة اÙاÙسا٠اÙÙطرÙØ© ÙÙتجدد ÙاÙتÙÙز ÙاÙاطÙاع أدت اÙ٠زÙادة تأثÙر اÙÙصÙدة عÙ٠اÙÙاس Ù٠اÙعاÙ٠اÙعربÙ.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work