S. Annette Moran Faculty Research Forum, 2016-present


College of Arts & Sciences


English and Communication

Academic Year



Fall 11-10-2021


Board Room (Library)

Document Type



This talk examines the literary history of the Kenyan detective thriller from the 1970s to the present. Focusing on novels by David G. Maillu, Monica Genya, and Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ, I argue that this neglected history of African genre fiction is propelled by an enduring anxiety about the “integrity” of the postcolonial nation-state embedded in neocolonial relations of power. Where recent critics have read these novels as part of a broader response to the fragmentation of national sovereignty under the pressures of globalization, the talk tracks an enduring yet flexible commitment to the nation-state as the appropriate vehicle for securing postcolonial freedom.


At four o'clock in the afternoon.

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided.

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