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  學年 95
  標題 A History Refusing to be Enclosed: Mau Mau Historiography, Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat, and M.G. Vassanji's The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
  學生姓名 吳純嫻(Chun-hsien Wu)
  指導教授 白瑞梅 (Amie Parry)/柏逸嘉(Guy Beauregard)
  摘要 This thesis investigates the contested memory of the Mau Mau rebellion in late-colonial Kenya (1952 to 1960). A critical anti-colonial resistance movement led by Kenya’s largest ethnic group, the Gikuyu, the Mau Mau rebellion is controversial for its role in Kenya’s independence. In this thesis, I focus upon three different representations of the Mau Mau rebellion—Mau Mau historiography, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s novel A Grain of Wheat (1967), and M.G. Vassanji’s novel The In-Between World of Vikram Lall (2003)—to explore the ways of memorializing this critical resistance movement.
Chapter One of this thesis first puts forward a review of Mau Mau historiography in the past fifty years. By attending to the debates and points of agreement within Mau Mau historians’ discussions, this chapter investigates how Mau Mau historiography in the past fifty years is characterized by a series of myth-constructions in interpreting the rebellion. Chapter Two investigates the exilic Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s classic postcolonial novel A Grain of Wheat. Presenting a disillusioning narrative to problematize the meaning of “freedom,” Ngugi represents the crisis of decolonization faced by a newly-independent nation like Kenya. Through a series of disillusionments to reveal the danger of suppressing the memory of the Mau Mau rebellion, Ngugi suggests the urgency of confronting the past. Chapter Three then explores an updated reconsideration of the Mau Mau rebellion in M.G. Vassanji’s novel The In-Between World of Vikram Lall. Re-narrating the Mau Mau rebellion based on the experience of East African Asians, Vassanji represents how East African Asians’ “in-between” position complicates the dominant way of memorializing the rebellion as a binarist white-black racial clash. With a restitution of the circumscribed role of East African Asians back into the memory of the Mau Mau rebellion, Vassanji suggests the necessity of opening up the memory of the rebellion for a wider reconsideration. Chapter Four concludes this thesis by addressing the relevance of doing this project in Taiwan. Drawing upon Roger I. Simon’s recent work on what he calls “the touch of the past,” this thesis would like to highlight how an investigation of others’ historical memory can help us to reflect our own cultural assumptions in Taiwan.
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  連結 http://thesis.lib.ncu.edu.tw/ETD-db/ETD-search-c/getfile?URN=93122011&filename=93122011.pdf
 

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