Prof. Muigai Wa-Gachanja
Ongoing Research and Writing:
- I have collected more than 100 Kenyan folktales and I am currently working on the material to publish a book entitled, “Popular Kenyan Folktales”.
- I am in the process of writing an undergraduate text book entitled “The Hidden Meaning in Traditional Oral Narratives: Theory and Interpretation.”
- Forthcoming : “Courage, Heroism and Determination: Voices from those who fought in the Mau Mau Liberation Struggle.” A paper to be published in a book, Mau Mau Legacy in Kenya, which is financed by the Ford Foundation.
- “Images of Women in Kenya Oral Narratives” in Fabula: Journal of Folklore Studies, Summer 2002. The original version of this paper was first presented to the International Society of Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) Congress in Nairobi, July 2000.
- Co-author (with Austin Bukenya) of two books: Oral Literature: A SeniorCourse (Longhorn, Nairobi, 1997) and Oral Literature: A Junior Course (Longhorn, Nairobi, 1996).
- Author: “Polygamy: Its Social and Economic Impact on the Family in Kenya”in Wanjiku M. Kabira et.al. Contesting Social Death: Essays on Gender and Culture (Views Media, Nairobi: 1997) pp. 208-219. The original version of this essay was first presented to a Kenya Oral Literature Conference in Nairobi in 1993 before its subsequent publication.
- “Human Rights in Kenya: an Academic Experience” in The Independent Review: A Journal of East African Literary and Cultural Studies 2: 1997: 262-265.
- “Growing Cultural Heritage: New Oral Material from Gikuyu Traditions.” Rev. of Kabira’s Gikuyu Oral Literature, Weekly Review 15 September 1989: PP. 39-40.
- “Sensitive Issues in New Play”, rev. of F. Imbuga’s Aminata, Weekly Review 10 June, 1988: PP. 55-56.
- November 1987: “The Gikuyu Folk Story: Its Structure and Aesthetics”, Ph.D Dissertation (Emory University, 1987).
- May 1986: The Place of Oral Literature in the teaching of English Language in Secondary Schools in Kenya” in Proceedings: Conference on Teaching English in East Africa (The British Council, Nairobi, 1986).
- June 1980: Presented a paper :Literary and Theological Renaissance in Black America: A Study of Martin Luther King and Margaret Walker”, to the Southern Conference of Black Arts and Literature, Emory University, U.S.A.
- September, 1979: Presented a paper “Alternative Strategies for intra-societal conflict: Violence Versus Non-Violence: A study of Martin Luther King and Malcom X,” to the Southern Sociological Society, Georgia State University, U.S.A.