Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015

 Dr. Manisha Sharma

Porf. Of English

MJB Govt. Girls’ P. G. College

Moti Tabela, Indore


Ms. Garima Dubey

Assistant Professor

Acropolis Institute of Technology & Research

Indore (M. P.)


This paper provides a critical overview of the treatment of the questions of identity and gender in Kenyan novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s work. Specifically, the study analyses Ngugi’s Weep Not, Child, The River Between, A Grain of Wheat, Petals of Blood, Devil on the Cross, and Wizard of the Crow while paying attention to various strategies which women use to respond to patriarchy. The issue of identity is explored against the backdrop of the experiences of slavery, colonialism, neocolonialism and globalization in Africa Finally the paper explores the maturity of the novelist’s feminist vision. Ngugi’s works witness the rebirth of women characters and how they begin to acquire new identities. The women move from self ignorance to awareness, assurance, and self –reliance. Ngugi has tried to recreate a living past.

Keywords: Identity, Gender, Patriarchal society, Colonialism.

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Gender Dimensions in the Fiction of Ngugi Wa Thiongo