Representation of Society, Home and the Self: An Intertextual Inquest into Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Weep Not, Child and Dreams in a Time of War
Keywords:autobiography, fiction, home, intertextuality, self, society
Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s autobiography, Dreams in a Time of War, seem to be, body-and-soul, a direct replica of his fiction, Weep Not, Child. The various thematic and episodic underpinnings of the two narratives appear to confirm this. It is against this background that this paper seeks to analyse intertextuality based on three thematic areas in terms of representation of society, home, and the self in the two narratives. The paper argues that the two narratives are intertextually linked and that Weep Not, Child is a precursor to Dreams in a Time of War.
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