Research Papers/Topics in English And Literary Studies

RE-VISIONING HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE NIGERIAN NOVEL: A STUDY OF JUDE DIBIA’S WALKING WITH SHADOWS AND CHINELO OKPARANTA’S UNDER THE UDALA TREES

ABSTRACT Queer studies in Nigerian literature seem to still be stuck in the situation Chris Dunton described in 1989 claiming that homosexuality has been denied history by African writers. There has been a proliferation of works handling characters that are homosexual since the turn of the 21st Century, and not in the usual stereotypical and predictable way Dunton described. This study undertakes two such major works: Jude Dibia’s Walking with Shadows and Chinelo Okparanta’s...

THE DYNAMICS AND EXIGENCY OF THE QUEST FOR SELF IDENTITY: A PSYCHOANALYTIC EXPLORATION OF JUDE DIBIA’S UNBRIDLED AND WALKING WITH SHADOWS

This research work presents a focus on the nature and nuances of identity, through the lens of psychoanalysis and queer criticism respectively for the two novels under study.ABSTRACT Axiomatically, identity is the defining pivot of our lives; therefore, it is an exigency. The struggle for identity  and self-realisation forms  the overriding premise  of this  dissertation, especially as this struggle is reflected in the lives of Ngozi Akachi and Adrian Ebele Njoko, the...

Folktales and Proverbs in African Mythical Tradition: A study of K. Sello Duiker's HIDDEN STARS and Chinua Achebe's ARROW OF GOD

Folktales and folklore which are traditional art, literature, knowledge and practice disseminated largely through oral communication and behavioral examples were initially collected and documented by some writers for culture preservation only because they felt that these elements of folklore are going into extinction and need to be frozen in print, while some writers incorporate folklore materials in their novels, poems, drama for entertainment and culture preservation. These writers ar...

RE-WRITING THE PAST AND THE DILEMMA OF SOCIAL RELEVANCE IN TOYIN ABIODUN’S THE TRIALS OF AFONJA AND THE MARRIAGE OF ARIKE

This is a research on Toyin Abiodun's drama texts "The Marriage of Arike" and "The Trials of Afonja" describing it as books on history and African culture using the theory "New Historicism".ABSTRACTMany writers resort borrowing and incorporating elements of culture in their works other to preserve from extinction. The writers in this time are aware of the historicity of the people as well as the culture and aesthetics which he intends to capture. The intention here is to educate,entertain, as...

Culture and Language in African Literature: A Study of Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God

Abstract There  is  a  symbiotic  relationship  between  language,  culture  and  literature  as  each reinforces, projects and distills the other. The need for the projection of African culture had  informed the development of  modern African literature which serves to enlighten, educate and showcase African worldview, practices and problems. Against the Conradian misinformed notion of Africans as a people without culture,...

Afropolitanism and the Crises of Identity in Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah and Teju Cole's Open City

This is my B.A. long essay submitted to the department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria where I bagged Bachelor of Arts in English. AbstractThe experience of migration, exile, globalisation, identity, and their effects of hybridity, poly valency, Afropolitanism, cultural fusion, cross-ethnicity, transnationality and intermixture have been gaining prominence in literary productions for many decades now largely due to globalisation and increasing years of diasporic living. Afropolitan...

Translation Equivalence as a Semantic Strategy: An Inquiry into the Language of Soyinka’s Forest of a Thousand Daemons

AbstractTranslation entails the presentation of texts and their meanings, which originally exist in a particular language, in another language.Scholars such as Catford (1965),Wisner G. (2013), Osundare (1995) andOsakwe (1998) have studied the intricacies in translationyet, little was done on the concept of translation equivalence especially as it relates to meaning. Therefore, this paper examined translation equivalence as a semantic strategy in Soyinka’s Forest of a Thousand Daemons....

A Pragmatic Analysis of Selected Qur’anic Verses Based on the Creation of Man

AbstractQur’an, the main source of the Islamic faith, is a book believed by its followers, the Muslims, to be completely of divine origin. The eloquence, depth, meaning, and beautiful language of this book surprised thinkers and critics world over. Even, non-Muslim scholars agree that the Qur’an is Arabic literature par excellence. Despite its Arabic origin, there are thousands of Muslims who do not possess the knowledge in Arabic and study the Qur’an in English. English speaking ...

CODE ALTERNATION IN 9ICE’S MUSIC

ABSTRACT Hip-Hop music in Nigeria is a very popular brand of music which is heard practically in all  parts  of  Nigeria  and  is  both  respected  and  appreciated  by  Nigerians.  Scholars  and researchers such  as  Omoniyi (2009),  Akande  (2013),  Auer (2011)  and  Adedeji (2000) have worked extensively on Hip-Hop music but only a few researches have been carried out  on  the...

Realism in Nuruddin Farahs Crossbones

Realism in Nuruddin Farah's Crossbones is the realistic analysis of the effect of war in  Somalia. It mainly explores the realistic nature of war. Realism in Literature is the accurate representation of reality.

Should Humanity Avenge Divinity? Discuss Using Chinua Achebe's Dead Men's Path and Reuben Onyishi's Clash of Divinity

The question should humanity avenge Divinity is a tricky question but i will try to explain it in my own understanding using Chinua Achebe's DEAD MEN’S PATH AND Reuben Onyishi’s Clash of Divinity.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH SONNET AND TRADITIONAL BALLAD

The development of English Sonnet and Traditional Ballad.the book talks about how sonnet was developed and how the Traditional Ballad came to be.

The Major Themes of petals of blood

the major themes of the book "petals of Blood" by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEDIEVAL DRAMA AND RENAISSANCE PERIOD

the differences between medieval period and the Renaissance period and the examples of writtings during these period.


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