Novelistic dedications as memoir: the moral-political imagination of Katama Mkangi

Show simple item record Yenjela, Wafula 2017-12-15T06:53:00Z 2017-12-15T06:53:00Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Oxford Research in English “Brevity” Issue 5, Autumn 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2397-2947
dc.description.abstract In a study of dedications in eighteenth-century Croatian religious writing, Zoran Velagic, following Micheline White, observes that few researchers “have explored dedications as complex documents that, among other things, ‘seek to reshape readers’ interpretations of texts’” (2014:366). Velagic’s writings are notable for the ways in which they explore how dedications may function in relation to the larger body of a text. By drawing on his observations, this article specifically examines how, though paratextual elements, dedications subtly influence the reading of the body of novels. In its brevity, the novelistic dedication sub-genre nevertheless provides a window into the life of the author, which shapes – or perhaps seeks to shape – the ensuing reading of the textual body. The nucleus of the analyses is on Katama Mkangi’s two dedicatory sentiments in U􀦘wa, “Desolation,” (1975) and in Walenisi, “Those-Are-Us,” (1995).1 The analyses highlight how Mkangi’s dedications go beyond paying homage and immortalising dedicatees for various reasons, to inscribing his moral-political self in a hostile world that he seeks to transform. A critical review of the dedications sheds light to the visions engendered in the author’s literary works. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Novelistic dedications as memoir: the moral-political imagination of Katama Mkangi en_US
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