In their article "Conflicting Neo-colonialist Narratives in the Representation of Africa in Ngugi and Naipaul's Novels" Weiping Li and Xiuli Zhang analyze the conflicting neo-colonialist narratives by comparing the different representations of the post-independent Africa between Ngugi's Petals of Blood and Naipaul's A Bend in the River. The multiple narrators in Petals of Blood expose imperialists' continuing domination of Africa, while the limited third person narrator in A Bend in the River blames the African people for the deterioration and chaos of the African society. One from an insider's perspective, the other from the outsider's, Ngugi and Naipaul thus form conflicting narratives on neo-colonialism. With their diverse perspectives, the two writers provide not only clashing representations of African women but also opposing visions of the African future.
and Zhang, Xiuli.
"Conflicting Neo-colonialist Narratives in the Representation of Africa in Ngugi and Naipaul's Novels."
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