What role have diasporic intellectuals played in the institutionalization of postcolonial theory? Discuss.

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Because “diaspora” is a somewhat indefinite term, we might consider the role played by intellectuals who were born in one particular geographical milieu and then exported their experiences from that into literature that later had a global impact. Examples of these kinds of writers are legion, and we can illustrate their influence by selecting some of the most prominent from among them.

One of the most respected African postcolonial intellectuals is the Kenyan theorist and novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o spent a significant portion of his career teaching at universities across the United States, including Yale, New York University, and the University of California, Irvine. Thong’o’s writing touches on many different themes, but of interest to the institutionalization of postcolonial theory is his discussion of the “Europeanization” of traditional Kenyan literature and learning. In one of his important theoretical works, Globalectics , Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o...

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