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ON LOVE: LITERARY IMAGES OF A PHENOMENOLOGY OF LOVE IN NGUGI WA THIONG'O'S <i>THE RIVER BETWEEN</i><sup>1</sup>

Elias Bongmba

in Literature and Theology

Volume 15, issue 4, pages 373-395
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/15.4.373
ON LOVE: LITERARY IMAGES OF A PHENOMENOLOGY OF LOVE IN NGUGI WA THIONG'O'S THE RIVER BETWEEN1

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This essay suggests that the images of love in Ngugi's first written novel, The River Between can be read as a phenomenology of love. Such a phenomenology demonstrates that the love Waiyaki, the main character, has for Nyambura points to a concihatory path in resistance to colonialism It is argued that although the main character fails in his mission, his declaration of love for the daughter of the pastor, who opposes indigenous practices, is an erotic manifestation that is a rejection of partisan spirit as well as a critique of Christian praxis in colonial Kenya, and could serve as a basis for reconfiguring contemporary gender relations

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