Research Papers/Topics in English and Literary Studies

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES: A REAPPRAISING INTEGRATION IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING (ELT) IN EDUCATION

This paper sought to address holistically, the modern technology as an Information and Communication Technologies, which has become possible in our communities since the availability of computers. Moreover, to what extend we can exploit it in education in general and English Language teaching / learning (ELT) in particular, according to our conditions and needs. Information Communication Technologies should be exploited effectively to shift from teacher-centered approach to the student-center...

Peer Scaffolding During EFL Reading Activities: A Sociocultural Perspective

The purpose of this study was to identify the types of peer scaffolding used by Thai EFL students while completing reading activities. Pre-test, post-test and reading test procedures were implemented to measure the impact of peer scaffolding on students’ reading comprehension. The peer scaffolding checklist was employed to identify the types of peer scaffolding the EFL students used in the reading classroom. This study found that the EFL students gained higher post-test mean scores afte...

A Speech Act Analysis of Indirectness in Dul Johnson's Melancholia

ABSTRACTThis research analyzes indirectness in selected utterances of characters in Dul Johnson’s Melancholia. It aims to identify how characters in the play deployed direct and indirect speech act in their conversations. It also examines the effects of the indirect speech act on the hearers; and the motives of the characters for deploying speech act in their conversations. Meanwhile, this study adopts Searle’s Speech Act Theory (SAT) 1969. The researcher finds out that characters deploye...

Historical Re-Enactment and Narrative Subjectivity in Elnathan John’s Born on a Tuesday

AbstractAuthors often adopt different viewpoints to x-ray and convey their messages in their artistic productions. Predominantly, some have engaged the first person point of view (internal focalisation) to subjectively present their tales, while some have used the third person point of view (external focalisation) to objectively bring home their messages. Thus, this study interrogates Elnathan John’s deployment of internal focalisation and narrative subjectivity in Born on a Tue...

A Post Anthropocentric Explication of the Posthuman World Building in Adrian Tchaikovsky s the Doors of Eden

The present study seeks to analyze Adrian Tchaikovsky’s novel The Doors ofEden (2020) to describe how posthumanism and post-anthropocentrism cango hand-in-hand in contemporary speculative fiction. The novel itself isa masterpiece in world-building where the action takes place against thebackground of an eternally proliferating multiversal reality. Parallel worlds,sentient monsters, posthuman, non-human entities abound in the novel, andthis will be seen as complementary and conducive to the ...

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SUBVERSION OF RELIGIOUS, HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TROPES UNDER THE POSTAPOCALYPTIC PARADIGM IN STATION ELEVEN AND THE BOOK OF JOAN

The article endeavors to show how in post-apocalyptic fiction the traditional religious,historical and cultural tropes can prove to be powerful enough to capture and embody theenormously complex and extremely ambiguous worldview of the narrative. Despite most suchideas of the past getting gradually bracketed, effaced and relegated to the background thetraditional cultural religious and literary tropes often continue to exert significant influence oneven a post-apocalyptic world thus refusing ...

MAN AND THE MACHINE: THE ROLE OF AGENTIAL REALISM OF THE AUTOPOIETIC MACHINES IN THE WORLD-BUILDING OF STEPHEN BAXTER’S WORLD ENGINES DUOLOGY

The present article endeavors to study Stephen Baxter’s two novels, namely World Engines: Destroyer (2019)and World Engines: Creator (2020), in order to analyze the role of agential realism of the autopoietic, selfaware machines in creating and sustaining a post-anthropocentric and posthuman world. Also, since the novelsare set against the backdrop of a continuously proliferating manifold of parallel worlds, the study will attemptto show how adopting a post-anthropocentric viewpoint can hel...

Inter-Dialect Maintenance And Shift In The Contact Of Lubukusu And Lutachoni

ABSTRACT Despite efforts by the UNESCO and CIPL in devoting attention to language endangerment and introducing the ‘Red Books’ that monitor the status of threatened languages, other nongovernmental organizations like the US based Terralingua focused on promoting linguistic diversity through biodiversity, CEL for identifying endangered languages in Kenya, the Kenyan government through MoE in promoting the use of L1s at lower primary and linguists like Joshua Fishman coming up wi...

‘Pentecostal’ Language And Conflict Resolution In Africa

ABSTRACTThe paper observes the use of pentecostal language as a positivetrend in the resolution of conflicts within the African family setting.It specifically notes the element of negativity embedded in verbalviolence and its attendant psychological effects that is contained ininterpersonal relationships within the family setting. It furthernotes the increasing disappearance of such negativity in the lightof Pentecostal influence on the lifestyle of the people. A major pointof concent...

ABUSE OF POWER AND RESISTANCE IN SELECTED POST-COLONIAL SUB-SAHARA AFRICAN NOVELS

ABSTRACT Abuse of power, an excessive use of authority in governance or homes; and resistance, the attempt to confront such abuses, have occupied a prominent position in sociopolitical discourses in African literature. Existing studies on sub-Sahara African novels written from the late 1980s have focused on thematic concerns such as gender issues, disillusionments and exploitation, without giving adequate attention to the issue of abuse of power and resistance. This study, therefore, ex...

MYTH AND MYTHOGRAPHY IN CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN DRAMA

ABSTRACT Most previous studies regarded myths as a plethora of concocted stories: they paid little attention to dramatic myth and mythography as productive and effective in African way of life. Modernism, sequestered from the past, created directionless and questioning societies. Solutions, pre-encoded in mythologies and transmitted through generations, were jettisoned. This study, therefore, situates dramatic mythic tendencies, depictions and effects in present African way of lives...

African Writing In English In Southern Africa

ABSTRACTI would like to express my thanks to Prof.R. G. Howarth for his encouraging and patient supervisionof my work over many year.s. !t .is largely due to hispioneering and inspiring interest in South Africanliterature that I was able to complete my work in theface of almost insurmountable difficulties.. My thanksalso go to Prof. E. Westphal for his supervisionand help.I am indebted to Mrs. P .E. Stevens, librarianin charge of the Special Collection section of JaggerLibrary, and her staf...

Representation of Crime and Punishment in Selected Plays in Nigeria

ABSTRACT Nigerian plays are replete with narration of crime and punishment as prime factor in socioeconomic conflict and resolution. Critical studies of these plays have so far focused on the views of the political class with little attention paid to the views of the masses, which are critical to the thematic engagement of the playwrights. Consequently, this study focuses attention on the views of the masses in order to expound the insights of crime and punishment in Nigeria. The st...

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...


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