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Ngugi Wa Thiong'o and the Search for a Populist Landscape Aesthetic
This essay examines how Ngugi wa Thiong'o, East Africa's most prominent writer, treats the landscape as a fundamental social phenomenon in two of his most important novels, A Grain of Wheat and Petals of Blood. Basing his ideas in an ecological theory of landscape aesthetics resembling one recently developed in America, Ngugi understands that ability to control and manipulate a landscape defines a society. Nostalgia for the landscape lost to colonialism and to the corrupting and alienatingdoi:10.3197/096327194776679818 fatcat:dxrwunossvdjlcmhcs5dc3guhe