Religion and fanonist marxism

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This study has been set out to examine the imbalance and contradictions present in Ngugi's four novels which are caused by presence of both religious and Fanonist Marxist ideologies. Ngugi seems to have drawn from both dominant and opposing ideologies. The study acknowledges that from the beginning of his writing career, Ngugi relied on Christianity and the Bible. What is of concern is his continuous reliance on Christianity and the Bible even after his public denunciation of Christianity in 1969 and total break from nationalism activist to militant Fanonist Marxism. Although it can be argued that a revolutionary like Ngugi can appropriately handle Christianity and the Bible still the ambiguity remains as how far such handling can go without running the danger of re-affirmation. Proceeding from this ambiguity, the concern is how Ngugi reconciles the strategic value of Christianity and the Bible with basic Fanonist Marxism.The study has used Literary criticism in the analysis of Petals of Blood, Devil on the Cross. Matigari and Wizard of the Crow. Findings of the study show that Ngugi's use of Christianity and the Bible suggests two things. First, Ngugi has relied on missionary Christianity which he and his immediate audience are familiar with thus become an appropriate reference point in building Ngugi's artistic works. For him missionary Christianity is a reference point rather than a thinking line or ideology. Secondly, Ngugi has drawn from missionary Christianity and the Bible as he creates his own version of Christianity and presents a Fanonist Marxist way of reading and interpreting the Bible.
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Religion, Fanonist
Lema, E.P (2010) Religion and fanonist marxism, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.