This Lib-Guide is an Interdisciplinary Resource designed to support the study and teaching of Something Torn and New.  The text, in four parts /chapters/lectures, is written by the renowned Kenyan  scholar, author, professor, social and political activist, literary activist, Pan-Africanist, international  Icon, The African Renaissance man himself,  Professor Ngugi  wa Thiong’o.

Since part of my responsibility as a Reference Librarian is to liaise with the English Department, this page was created to support the study of the English Department’s common text for the year 2012. However, since it came to my attention that the Provost’s common text for the year 2012 is the same text, Something Torn and New; the guide, therefore, evolves into a Community guide.  It is to be distributed to everyone and anyone connected with the study and or teaching of the text. 

The page is intended to be interactive. To that end, there is a comments box where ideas are welcomed. You may have space for advertisement on the Activities Page, specifically for programs surrounding the text.  Also, if you would like to post classroom resources or other information for your students on the page, please let me know.

Structure of the Text:

The guide is divided into four chapters. It is designed to give optimal support for the themes of the chapter it represents.  The template for each chapter follows the same format in most cases.


Biographical Page, Ngugi  wa Thiong’o

Chapter one:  Dismembering Practices: Planting European Memory in Africa
Chapter two:  Re-Membering Vision
Chapter three: Memory Restoration, and African Renaissance
Chapter four:  From Color to Social Consciousness: South Africa in the Black Imagination


1.  Conducting Research: 
This page is designed to facilitate easy access to the library’s resources.  It features ALADIN, the new WRLC catalog of eleven libraries that make up the Consortium. It also features My ALADIN a platform for your own account. Once signed in, the user can borrow books directly from The Consortium Loan Service or CLS.  The most popular Data Bases can be accessed from this page.

2.  Citation and Documentation
The page gives the user the preference of writing styles, APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.  It also gives tutorials for those wanting in depth study on a particular style.  The page also features those Databases which will create citation and documentation.

3.  The RSS Feed  (Real Simple Syndication)
The RSS feed is a Content Delivery Vehicle. It will update daily, new information on the subject,


4.  The Keyword Search Terms
keywords and terms were chosen by the concepts in each chapter.  The links all lead directly to a results page ofscholarly full-text articles.


The Selected Bibliography 
The bibliography consists of all the Reference books cited in that chapter.  These books can b e accessed through the WRLC

Catalog, ALADIN       

6.  Important Figures

This box will include many of the important people that wa Thiong'o discussed in a particular chapter.  The names of these important figures are linked to relevant resources about them.


7.        Interactive Media
This guide provides videos of lectures, documentaries, interviews, tributes.  In each case, the students will hear Ngugi wa Thiong’o’ s voice.

Other Pages directly related to the text:

Marcus Garvey, African Fundamentalism



Selected bibliography



Celia C. Daniel

Head of Reference and Instruction