Pyrex Journal of English and Literature (PJEL)

October 2015 Vol. 1(2), pp. 006-011

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Review Paper

Brave New World – a reading of The Unbroken Spirit and The Verdict of Death

Esther K. Mbithi

Literature Department, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Accepted 30th September, 2015


This is a stylistic analysis of two novels published in Africa in the twenty-first century. Fifty years ago, when the publishing apparatus was controlled by the European colonial regime, an African writer not only had to have the creative genius, but also the capacity to communicate the intended message in a language other than one’s own. Hundreds of fictional works are now published in every major African capital in a variety of languages annually. The contemporary African literary scene includes writers born in the 1980s and 1990s. These emerging writers had no direct personal contact with colonisation. Since literature is a mirror of society, the realities contemporary African writers depict in their writing cannot be the same as the ones depicted in African literature fifty years ago. The core of this paper is an analysis of two texts produced by Africans in the twenty-first century: Wanjiru Waithaka’s The Unbroken Spirit and Onduko bw’Atebe’s The Verdict of Death. References are made to earlier works of African literature for comparison purposes. The said analysis of the two texts was carried out against the background of existing definitions of African Literature and the pre-eminent postcolonial theory of literary criticism.

Keywords: Literature, Kenyan, African, postcolonial, stylistic analysis.

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