Boundaries within National Borders: A comparative study of Petals of Blood and Banapangshul

Sabrina Karim[1] & Arpana Awwal[2]

Vol. 1, No. 2, 2016 I Full Text PDF

 Received August 15, 2016; Revised September 07, 2016; Accepted September 10, 2016; Published September 17, 2016


Though Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood (1977) and Selim Al Deen’s Banapangshul (2001) are writings from two wide apart continents – Africa and Asia-both texts deal with common experience of neocolonial exploitation and both the authors Ngugi and Al Deen have consciously tried to create new forms to break away from colonial hegemonic discourses. Petals of Blood and Banapangshul portray the predicament of the economically dispossessed villagers of Illmorog and the ethnically marginalized community Mandai in Bangladesh in the hands of neocolonial power in the form of capitalism. Both the authors have consciously tried to find new ways of representation that was to be distinctively native and representative of the marginalized people. This paper aims at comparing the manner in which colonialism’s after effects maintain exploitative hold on marginal communities even long after the nations in two dispersed continents, Kenya and Bangladesh have become independent and how these two authors have tried to ‘write back to center’.

 Keywords: neocolonialism, capitalism, marginalized, imperialism, subaltern

[1] Sabrina Karim is working as an Assistant Professor at Dept. of English, Eastern University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Orcid: 0000-0002-1535-8799. Email:

[2] Arpana Awwal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature Studies, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University. She is currently enrolled as an MPhil scholar in the Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Literary, gender and cultural studies are her areas of interest.