Research Papers/Topics in English And Literary Studies

Womanhood and Identity in Lola Shoneyin THE SECRET LIVES OF BABA SEGIS WIVES

past few decades, African women scholars have weighed in on significant issues raised by feminists all over the world. With each new point of view, the knowledge base about the African woman’s life, thoughts and experiences continues to grow. This research explores female space and other aspects of the African woman’s social environment, re-examining questions of identity, womanhood and female empowerment in Africa by looking at Lola Shoneyin’s novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s W...

Sophocles Oedipus rex: as a tool of understanding human psychology

Sophocles' universal classic, ever relevant to psychoanalysis in its continual development,dramatizes a gamut of psychodynamic factors, starting from the pre‐Oedipal to the Oedipal and post‐Oedipal. Shedding light on those psychodynamics, the current analysis of Oedipus rex character stands apart in three interlocking ways. First, it focuses nearly exclusively on the play'stext and not on the broader Oedipal myth in classical times. Secondly, supported a detailed examination of the initia...

THE CONCEPT OF HYBRIDITY IN WOLE SOYINKA’S DEATH AND THE KING’S HORSEMAN, THE STRONG BREED AND SAM UKALA’S IREDI WAR

ABSTRACTModern African drama is a relatively new idea that emerged as a result of colonialism within the past century. One of the prominent features of this new type of drama is hybridization which was a fusion of Western cultures and African elements. This research work, therefore, discusses the concept of hybridization in Modern African Drama, using Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman, The Strong Breed and Sam Ukala’s Iredi War as reliable study cases. Chapter one gives a gen...

HISTORICAL FLASHBACK

There is a thick connection between history and the future. History has a way of explaining the present and determining the future. There is no way we can keep shying away from our past and still want to get it right.  Elder P.O Edem is a creative writer and a brilliant storyteller. His story-telling skills and intuitive writing was brought to the fore in this short journey into our nation’s history. As an elder who has seen much of Nigeria’s chequered history, Elder...

THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA: THE BRITISH EXPERIENCE IN NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

Abstract The late nineteen century saw a small group of the European powers involving in the division of Africa. It was yet at the primary level where a very petite group had the concession to have African land space. Between 1880 and 1900, ninety per cent of the African territory was partitioned amongst a hand full of European powers. Germany, Italy and Belgium had 2.5 million square miles of lands shared between them, France gained 3.5 million and Britain gained 5 million square miles ...

CROSS-GENDER JOURNEY MOTIF IN DANIEL BLACK’S THEY TELL ME OF AHOME AND YAA GYASI’S HOMEGOING

AbstractRepresentations of ‘Cross-Gender’ Journey motif means the marked difference(s) in ‘Cross-Gender’ experiences and challenges in diasporic milieu. Several studies have been carried out on journey motif, with little attention paid to ‘Cross-Gender’ journey motifs. This study focused on portraying how the patriarchal society in which both male and female genders find themselves tends to be the ultimate tool defining and creating in their psyche what strength cum weakness is, a...

TEACHING AND LEARNING OF THE THEME OF CORRUPTION IN CHINUA ACHEBE'S "A MAN OF THE PEOPLE" IN SECONDARY SCHOOL IN ANAMBRA EAST L.G.A OF ANAMBRA STATE

AbstractThe study dealt with the teaching and learning of the theme of corruption in Achebe’s A Man of the People in secondary schools in Anambra East L.G.A. of Anambra State. Four research questions guided the study. The literature review was done in four sub-headings: Conceptual framework; theoretical framework; review of empirical studies and summary of literature review.  The study adopted a survey research design.  The population of the study was all tertiary instituti...

FACTORS IMPEDING THE EFFECTIVE LEARNING OF MECHANICAL ACCURACY AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ONITSHA NORTH OF ANAMBRA STATE

ABSTRACTThe study dealt with the Factors Impeding the Effective Learning of Mechanical Accuracy among Secondary Schools in Onitsha North of Anambra State. Four research questions guided the study.  The literature review was done in four sub-headings: Conceptual framework; theoretical framework; review of empirical studies and summary of literature review.  The study adopted a survey research design.  The population of the study was all the students of public secondary schools in Onit...

Women and Economic Independence in Flora Nwapa's EFURU and Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo's THE LAST OF THE STRONG ONES

One of the challenges faced by the society is the controversy surrounding the status of the female gender. While some describe the woman as the weaker sex, others refer to the female as a second class citizen. Both claims could be said to be rooted in cultural, social and religious orientations. To this end, many female writers have written to debunk these stereotypes and reconfigure women’s identities as part of the needful project to recover the distinctive tradition of African...

Migrancy and Diaspora Identities in Chika Unigwe's On Black Sisters' Street and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah

One of the major challenges of postcolonial African literature has been its transnational shift in the age of globalization. Globalization with its attendant increase in migrations continues to witness an influx of human beings from diverse parts of the world into Europe and America. Predictably, the largest numbers are often from the less developed countries of the world. The outcome of these  movements has been transformations and integrations in different ways. It is on this premise t...

How to Perform a Literature Review with Free and Open Source Software

As it provides a firm foundation for advancing knowledge, a solid literature review is a critical feature of any academic investigation. Yet, there are several challenges in performing literature reviews including: i) lack of access to the literature because of costs, ii) fracturing of the literature into many sources, lack of access and comprehensive coverage in many databases and search engines, and iii) the use of proprietary software lock-in strategies for bibliographic software, which ca...

A STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF REMI RAJI’S WEB OF REMEMBRANCE AND IDRIS AMALI’S WAR OF ANTS

 AbstractStylistics over the years has proven to be a field capable of accounting for the structural and functional intricacies of language and its style of use. This is owing to the fact that it is a field that allows for the empirical and thorough analysis of texts (both literary and non-literary), through its vast and apt analytical tools. In lieu of this, this study is a stylistic analysis of Remi Raji’s Web of Remembrance and Idris Amali’s War of Ants. The purpose of the study w...

A Deconstruction of Chimamanda Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun and China Achebe's There Was a Country as Nigerian Civil War Novels

A DECONSTRUCTION OF CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE’S HALF OF A YELLOW SUN AND CHINUA ACHEBE’S THERE WAS A COUNTRY AS NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR NOVELSBYOYELEKE SUNDAY MICHAELU14EL1063A PROJECT SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LITERARY STUDIES, FACULTY OF ARTS, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY ZARIA IN FULFILMENT OF ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD OF BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN ENGLISH (LITERATURE)OCTOBER, 2018.DeclarationI hereby declare that this research is done by Oyeleke Sunday Michael of the Depar...

Themes and style / language in Foreign Gods Inc. by Okey Ndibe

This work examine the themes and style employs by Okey Ndibe in Foreign Gods Inc. which captures or demonstrates the contemporary decadence in Nigeria and Nigerians in diaspora as well as Africa as a whole. However, this work basically uses qualitative methodology of textual analysis of the novel, Foreign Gods Inc. It adopts the formalistic approach as it deals on form and contents which we are looking at as themes and style of narration in the novel. This is to enhance readers understanding ...

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