Readings: Purpose: To consider the political consequences of language use in Africa (esp. English) Skills/knowledge practiced: Textual analysis; close reading; writing with citations; use of textual evidence; developing argument; analysis of narrative techniques; genre analysis; following proper MLA formatting guidelines; paraphrasing quotes Submission instructions: Please submit your 250-350 word response as a Word doc on Blackboard (no paper copies will be accepted). Every submission should include at least one quote from the text. Grades will be based on the completeness of your submission (including textual quotes + sufficient word count length) as well as proper grammar/spelling and the depth of your critical analysis. Four points total: 1 pt. for proper citation use; 1 pt. for sufficient length; 1 pt. for sufficient depth of content/engagement; 1 pt. for proper assignment formatting. Assignments should be formatted as follows: 12 pt. font 1-inch margins double-spaced with header page numbers Times New Roman font Word Count listed Works Cited page on separate page submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF. This may seem like a lot but it is the golden standard for document preparation and if properly followed will make your writing immediately more consistent and easier to read. See the following for an example: MLA Citation Template and Example.pdf Prompt: Consider Thiongos argument regarding the politics surrounding the use of English in Africa. How should they be applied to a case like Achebes Things Fall Apart? Should the use of English in fiction be considered allowable (i.e. is fiction a special case) or following Thiongo should its use be seen as politically untenable even in the realm of literature?
Requirements: 250-350 words | .doc file
NgÅ©gÄ© wa Thiongo Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (1981) excerpt from Chapter 1: “The Language of African Literature” (pp. 4-20): Decolonising-the-Mind.pdf “Language Is a War Zone: A Conversation with NgÅ©gÄ© wa Thiongo”: https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/language-is-a-war-zone-a-conversation-with-ngugi-wa-thiongo/ NgÅ©gÄ© wa Thiongo Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (1981) excerpt from Chapter 1: “The Language of African Literature” (pp. 4-20): Decolonising-the-Mind.pdf”Language Is a War Zone: A Conversation with NgÅ©gÄ© wa Thiongo”: https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/language-is-a-war-zone-a-conversation-with-ngugi-wa-thiongo/
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