Concepts of development in postcolonial Kenyan literature

  • This project is interested in the responses of Kenyan writers and intellectuals to developmental discourse and in literary writing as a form of witnessing.

Neither in development theory, nor in what has become known as post-development criticism the cultural knowledge expressed in African literatures has been sufficiently acknowledged or listened to. This project examines the role and relevance of literature in the analysis and critique of one of the key ideologies of social, economic and political transformation in the 20th and 21st centuries on the one hand; on the other, it engages with literature as a site of development theory.