Research Papers/Topics in English And Literary Studies

An Appraisal On Participation And Decision Making At Community Development Meetings At Caledonia Housing Cooperatives (February 2014)

 ABSTRACT The research analyzes the interactive proceedings which took place at community meetings in a bid to develop that particular community. Anchored heavily by the appraisal theory, the research analyzed cooperative meetings conducted at Caledonia Housing cooperatives in a bid to make an appraisal of the discourse of participants during community development decision making meetings. The research is an observational research where voice recording and note taking are employed ...

The search for utopia in NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names (2013)

Abstract This dissertation explores how NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names depicts the search for utopia, in relation to migration. It uses the post colonial theory to explain Darling’s consciousness in postcolonial Zimbabwe, which she portrays as a degenerate utopia. The theory informs the textual analysis and evaluation of Darling’s consciousness as she responds to crises and betrayal associated with her home country. The escape to America becomes a journey during the course...

Architectural Literature Of A 4 Bedroom Apartment Renovation Work At No. 4, Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi Lagos.,~ , ' -

ABSTRACTRenovation, a term most commonly associated with buildings is known to be the act or process of improving the existing condition of a broken, damaged or outdated structure. It is the process of restoring to a good condition or making new again a building structure currently in a bad state. The concept of renovation as it relates to buildings will always remain relevant as long as every newly purchased item have a tendency of wearing out over a long period of usage. Reasons for renovat...

An Analysis Of The Literary Representation Of The Causes And Effects Of Family Disintegration In Memory Chirere’s Selected Short Stories From The Anthrology Somewhere In This Country

ABSTRACTThe thesis explores the literary representation of the causes and effects of family disintegration in Memory Chirere’s selected short stories namely “Keresenzia”, “Beautiful children”, “An Old Man, Eyes of a Buck”, “Plastic and Cardboards” and “When Passions Gather” from the anthology Somewhere in this country. The literary presentation of the causes and effects of family disintegration is an area which has not been thoroughly explored by African writers. The six...

A Stylistics Analysis Of Healthcare Communication Discourses On Billboards And Posters In Windhoek

ABSTRACTThis thesis was a stylistics analysis of healthcare communication discourses on billboards and posters in Windhoek. The main aim of the study was to examine how the language used in healthcare communication messages on posters and billboards, is packaged to persuade readers/consumers to adopt good health practices. The study also concentrated on how the AIDA (attention, interest, desire and action) principle of advertisement and foregrounding features used in healthcare communication ...

Crossing The Boundary: Transnationality And Interracial Marriage Encounters In Jane Katjavivi’s Undisciplined Heart And Trudie Amulungu’s Taming My Elephant

ABSTRACTThe main focus of the study was to explore the literary presentation of transnational identities and interracial marriage encounters as presented by two Namibian autobiographical texts, Taming my Elephant by Amulungu (2017) and Undisciplined Heart by Katjavivi (2010). It evaluated the strategies employed by the authors to explore the sense of ‘belonging’ as well as the joys and challenges experienced in interracial marriages. Guided and informed by the autobiography theory and the...

Loss Of Identity And Racial Melancholy In Nadine Gordimer’s Burger’s Daughter And Zakes Mda’s The Madonna Of Excelsior

ABSTRACTLoss of identity and racial melancholy are essential in a postcolonial Namibia; the feeling ofnot belonging is brought to the fore in this study. This thesis is an exploration of racialmelancholy and loss of identity in Zakes Mda’s, The Madonna of Excelsior (2002) and NadineGordimer’s Burger’s Daughter (1979). The main aim of the research is to examine, discuss andexplore how the two concepts are presented in the two novels under investigation. The study isa desktop study, as th...

A Critical Analysis Of Deictic Referencing: A Case Study Of Selected Editorials In The Namibian Newspaper

ABSTRACTThe focus of this study was to analyse deictic referencing in editorials, and particularly,the way in which the editor employed five types of deixis in 30 selected editorialspublished between June 2016 and June 2017 in The Namibian newspaper. Additionally,the study pursued to identify the predominant deictic referencing and its contribution tocohesion and coherence in the text.This was a qualitative, desktop research in which the process of data analysis involvedorganising the editori...

Authoring The Unspeakables, Moralising The Public Sphere: A Literary Examination Of Social Commitment And The Artistic Vision In Sifiso Nyathi’s Oeuvre

ABSTRACTThis thesis critically analysed how Sifiso Nyathi, through his oeuvre commits to moralise the public sphere, by authoring the commonly unsaid and veiled societal matters. The oeuvre is comprised of five texts, three plays; God of women, The oracle of Cidino, and Tears of fears in the era of terror, a novel; The other presence, and an anthropology of poems; Ballads of insomnia. Each text of the oeuvre deals with a kind of overarching silence in society. The main purpose of the study wa...

Examining The (In)Significance Of The African Boychild As An Unheard Voice In Feminist Critical Discources: A Literary Exploration Of Ba, Dangarembga And Andreas` Selected Works

ABSTRACTThis thesis examined how literature presents the (in)significance of the African boy child as an unheard voice in the selected feminist critical discourses of three literary works - Mariama Ba’s (1979) So Long a Letter, Tsitsi Dangarembga’s (1989) Nervous Conditions and Neshani Andreas’s The Purple Violet of Oshantuu (2001). The presentation of the boy child in African feminist writing is an area which has not been given much attention in gender writing. The thrust in this resea...

A Study Of Rhetorical Devices Used In Selected Car Advertisements In The Namibian Newspaper

ABSTRACTThe language of car advertising is viewed as unique and completely different fromeveryday language. The rhetorical elements and unusual linguistic arrangement ofwords make the language of car advertisement special and unique. This study seeksto examine the rhetorical devices in selected car advertisements, to examine thelanguage used in car advertisements, and to explore rhetorical structure and strategiesin selected car advertisements. This is a desk study, whose research was done us...

Reconstruction Of Atrocities Through Fiction In Namibia: An Evaluation Of Mari Serebrov‘S Mama Namibia And Lauri Kubuitsile‘S The Scattering

AbstractThe study explored how fiction represents atrocities and the resilient tactics devised by people who experienced trauma during the 20th century Herero Genocide as presented in the two selected Namibian novels in English. The purpose of the study was to explore how traumatic avenues are chronicled in fiction through the two selected novels and to investigate how fiction portrays trauma and resilience in a Namibian context. The study further examined the coping and resilient strategies ...

A Comparative Appraisal Analysis Of Political News In The Namibian And New Era Newspapers From 2015 To 2018

ABSTRACTThe thesis is a comparative Appraisal analysis of political news from two Namibian English newspapers (The Namibian and New Era), particularly focusing examining the propagation of journalistic attitudinal biases in political ‘hard news’ stories and journalistic ‘objectivity’. The research compares the textual structures of news reports from the English language reporting Namibian newspapers (The Namibian and New Era), during the period January 2015 - December 2018. It is a ti...

A Poststructural Feminist Examination Of Widowhood In So Long A Letter By Mariama Ba And The Only Son By John Munoye

AbstractThis thesis provides a poststructural feminist examination of widowhood in the novels So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba and The Only Son by John Munonye. The selected two novels were chosen because of the recurring themes on widowhood within them. The major objectives of the study were to examine issues surrounding death that directly affect widows as portrayed in the two novels, So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba and The Only Son by John Munonye; analyse how the two authors present widowhoo...

Interrogating Masculinities In Female-Authored Texts: A Critical Analysis Of Valerie Tagwira’s The Uncertainty Of Hope And Neshani Andreas’ The Purple Violet Of Oshaantu

ABSTRACTThis thesis explores the depiction of masculinities in Valerie Tagwira’s The Uncertainty of Hopeand Neshani Andreas’ The Purple Violet of Oshaantu. The portrayal of the male figures inAfrican women writing is an area which has not been given a lot of attention in gender writing.The two novels were selected using purposive sampling as they portray an array of masculinities.The researcher employed masculinities, nego-feminism and STIWANISM as literary theories tounderpin this study....


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