Preventing Things from Falling Further Apart: The Preservation of Cultural Identities in Postcolonial African, Indian, and Caribbean Literatures
By Paul Mukundi
Preventing Things from Falling Further Apart: The Preservation of Cultural Identities in Postcolonial African, Indian, and Caribbean Literatures is a ground breaking comparative work that explores a post-Achebe universe in which formerly colonized peoples make efforts to reconstruct their cultures by deconstructing some of the deleterious effects of colonization, while at the same time embracing postcolonial realities. This volume focuses on the culturally-confusing impact of colonization on individuals and their communities, specifically on indigenous languages, education, status of women, and religious participation. The author analyzes representative literary works authored by, from Africa, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Zakes Mda; from India, Mahasweta Devi and Arundhati Roy; and from the Caribbean, Jamaica Kincaid and Maryse Condé.
A highly dynamic and multitalented young scholar, Dr. Paul M. Mukundi was born in Murang’a, Central Kenya. He earned a Bachelor of Education (Honors) in English Language and Literature from Kenyatta University, Kenya, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Morgan State University, Baltimore, USA. He also holds a master’s degree in Ministry and a doctorate in Theology from U.S.A. seminaries. Dr. Mukundi has taught in both religious and secular institutions and has served as Dean of Dominion Leadership University, a private religious-degree granting institution. He has presented scholarly papers in many conferences and his articles on postcolonial literature have appeared in such journals as The Zora Neale Hurston Forum and Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature. He has also written a chapter in Postcolonial Discourses and Renegotiations of Black Identities, an anthology edited by Dr. Clement Akassi. Currently, Dr. Mukundi teaches English and literature at Morgan State University, and is the Founder and Chief editor of Literary Horizons Journal.