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Gῖchingiri Ndῖgῖrῖgῖ

Gῖchingiri Ndῖgῖrῖgῖ

Associate Professor


B.A. (Honors), University of Nairobi, Kenya

M.A., University of Nairobi



Edited collections:

Unmasking the African Dictator: Essays on Postcolonial African Literature. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2014.

 Mũtiiri (Journal of Culture) 8, 2007 (Guest editor).


Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Drama and the Kamĩrĩĩthũ Popular Theater Experiment. Trenton, NJ; Africa World Press, 2007.

  • Reviews: African Affairs 109 (2010)
  • African Studies Review 52.1 (2009)
  • The Drama Review 53.2 (2009).

Articles and book chapters:

  • "Reverse Appropriations and Transplantation in Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah”  in A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Ernest Emenyonu (Ed). London: James Currey, 2017: 199-211.
  • "Popular Songs and Resistance: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Maitu Njugĩra.” Popular Music and Society  40.1 (2017): 22-36.
  • "Bloodhounds at the Gate: Trauma, Narrative Memory, and Melancholia in Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Wartime Memoirs.” Research in African Literatures 47.4 (Winter 2016): 91-111.
  • "Character Names and Types in Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross and Wizard of the Crow.” Ufahamu 38.3 (2015): 189-216.
  • Two encyclopedia entries on Kenyan theater in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting. Ed. Simon Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • “Kamĩrĩĩthũ in Retrospect”African Theatre Journal #13 (2014): 53-59.
  • “Teaching Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Drama in the American Academy.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ngugĩ wa Thiong’o. Ed. Oliver Lovesey. New York: MLA (2012): 147-156.
  • “Feminist Nationalism in Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ngugĩ wa Thiong’o. Ed. Oliver Lovesey. New York: MLA (2012): 222-231.
  • “Discrepant Cosmopolitanisms in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.”  Memory and the Narrative Imagination in the African and Diaspora Experience.  Ed. Tom Spencer-Walters. Troy; Bedford Publishers (2011): 91-116.
  • “The Ecocritical Turn in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Writing.” Indian Journal of Ecocriticism 3 (2010): 62-70.
  • “Spectacle and Subversive Laughter in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 37.3 (2010): 280-296.
  • “The Crisis of Representation in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow.” JALA (Journal of the African Literature Association); 2.2 (2008): 34-57.
  • What is My Nation: Visions of a New Global Order in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow.” Journal of Global Initiatives (Kennesaw State University). 2.2 (2007): 186-99.
  • “Kenyan Theater after Kamiriithu” The Drama Review 43.2 (1999): 72-93. 
  • Kamĩrĩĩthũ: Kĩmũrĩ kĩa Abirika.” Mũtiiri (Journal of Culture) 5 (1997): 31-50 (An earlier Gĩkũyũ language version of the article eventually published in The Drama Review).
  • “Kamarũ Mwarimũ wa Mũingĩ,” Mũtiiri (Journal of Culture) 1. I (1994): 123-135 (A critique of the music of Kenya’s leading musician from the 1960s to 1990s): 123-135.
  • Character Names and Types in Ngugi’s Later Fiction” Ufahamu 29.2 & 3 (1991): 96-111.

Associations & Organizations

African Literature Association
Modern Language Association

Gῖchingiri Ndῖgῖrῖgῖ

Contact Information

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