Research Papers/Topics in English and Literary Studies

THE SUPERNATURAL IN AMOS TUTUOLA’S THE PALM-WINE DRINKARD AND MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS

ABSTRACTThis research x-rays the existence of the supernatural and its role in reality which has become a pre-dominant factor that has gained prominence and importance from time immemorial, and how writers have tried to project this concept in their literary engagements. In an attempt to establish this argument, the researcher explored Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. These novels depict and explore the idea of the supernatural in various manifestatio...

A LINGUISTIC STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF THE BLACK BOY BY RICHARD WRIGHT

ABSTRACTThe Black Boy by Richard Wright is an African American novel. It is often written by an African American Writer .This story entails the sufferings that a black American boy encountered from the White. It is often a pathetic story with pathetic treatments. These treatments are often conveyed in form of expressions. And they are examined in this work.In this project, some certain linguistic features are carried out such as: Adjective and the Other of Adjective, the use of Personal Prono...

UTOPIANISM IN ADAOBI NWAUBANI’S I DO NOT COME TO YOU BY CHANCE AND FESTUS IYAYI’S VIOLENCE

ABSTRACTThis research examined itself with the contributions of two literary artists to the lives and experiences of people in the Nigerian society, especially on the concept of utopianism and the various factors hampering its fulfillment in the dystopian Nigerian society. This is because the literary artists is seen as a committed person who uses his work to advocate for an egalitarian society, it satirizes the evils of corruption, exploitation and oppression; and push the proletariats into ...

DUAL PERSONALITY IN YEJIDE KILANKO’S DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH AND YVONNE VERA’S OPENING SPACES

ABSTRACTWomen are often the victims of dual personality which various writers, in their works often down play. Dual personality is when someone has two contrasting personality in them. This is the issue examined in this study from the standpoint of Yejide Kilanko’s Daughters Who Walk This Path and Yvonne Vera’s Opening Spaces which opines that dual personality which affects behaviour can really affect the human psyche as seen in the case of Morayo, Morenike, Mrs Ncube and her fellow women...

CONTENDING INTERTEXTUAL TROPES IN AFRICAN LITERATURE: READING FROM TWO KENYAN TEXTS

ABSTRACTAfrican writers have shown that literature can do more than just narration. They use several elements of narration that indicate their cultural background, ideological inclination, and peculiar experiences. More often than not, intertextual tropes are downplayed or lightly considered as mere literary elements rather than the driving forces to every work of literature ever written by any writer, be it African or Westerner. This study examined how two Kenyan texts engage in a ...

MOTHER TONGUE INTERFERENCE IN THE ACQUISITION OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

ABSTRACTThis study examines the effects of mother tongue on students in their efforts to acquire English as their second language. My scope of study was limited to Ado Ekiti in Ekiti state.For the purpose of the study, the following hypotheses were postulated;There will be no significant difference in the vocabulary and grammatical patterns of the L1 (Yoruba) and. L2 (English language) in the acquisition and subsequent performance of students in L2, English language,There will be no significa...

MARITAL SUBJECTIVITY IN CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S PURPLE HIBISCUS AND NESHANI ANDREAS’ THE PURPLE VIOLET OF OSHAANTU

ABSTRACTWomen are often the victims of domestic violence which male writers, in their thematic preoccupation with socio-political issues of the moment, often down play. This is the issue examine in this paper from the standpoint of Neshani Andreas’ The Purple Violet of Oshaantu and Chimamanda Adichie’s The Purple Violet of Oshaantu and It argues that wife battering continues courtesy of the silence of the women themselves in marriage due to the oppressive yoke of patriarchy which has come...

INTERROGATING THE SOCIO-POLITICAL EQUATION OF LECTURER-STUDENTS’ RELATIONSHIP IN CLASSROOM SITUATIONS

ABSTRACTThis study is to critically examine the socio-political equation of lecturer-students’ relationship in a classroom situation. The main objective of this study is to investigate lecturer-students’ relationship in a classroom situation focusing on the social equation and political equation evident in the relationship and also to explicate how the socio-political equation of this relationship affects or influences productivity in students. Through observation, the investigator was ab...

A CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF NIGERIAN TELEVISION SERIES – JENIFA’S DIARY

ABSTRACTJenifa’s Diary is a film screened as a television program and has been produced to entertain and educate the Nigerian youths most especially. The main character, Jenifa, is known for her hilarious and rib breaking grammatical blunders. However, more importantly, the series draw attention to prevalent social ills with the hope that such attention will assist in encouraging relevant social agencies to mediate, subsequently in alleviating the problems faced by affected people and commu...

Dante, Vergil and a New View of The Afterlife

This essay considers the ever changing notion of the Afterlife while exploring the nature of Dante's guide, Vergil; a complex character immersed in mythology, imbued with classical reason, yet in denial of his divine right to heaven. Can Vergil be considered a Messianic character when placed along side Beatrice? This is Vergil's rite of passage as much as that of Dante as they traverse the various levels of Hell and on to the Garden of Eden. In so doing the essay asks if the Afterlife is stil...

A Contrastive Analysis of the Tense System in Standard English and Nigerian Pidgin

This research work deals with the Contrastive Analysis of the Tense System in standard English and Nigerian Pidgin. Chapter one deals with the background of the study: It contains the usefulness of language in human society and the role of pidgin in multilingual society like Nigeria, statement of problem: is by trying to correct the misconceptions about pidgin in Nigeria which prevented its acceptability by Nigerians for the purpose of education and communication in schools. Chapter two deals...

Feminist Ethos and Regional Influence A Study of Buchi Emechetas Double Yoke and Lola Shoneyins The Secret Lives of Baba Segis Wives

Abstract This paper attempted a comparative and contrastive study of the Feminist Ethos of Buchi Emecheta in Double Yoke and Lola Shoneyin in The  Secret  Lives  of  Baba  Segi’s  Wives. Although both writers are feminists of Nigerian origin,  their  ideological  leanings,  as  this  paper  argued,  were  largely  influenced  by  their  region  of residence rather than their place of origin. ...

African Feminism/Womanism and Gender Complementarity in Ngugi wa Thiong'O’s Novels

This paper deploys the postulations of African womanism/feminism to examine gender  complementarity  in  three  of  Ngugi  wa  Thiong'O’s  novels:  The  River Between, A Grain of Wheat, and Petals of Blood. While the prominent role Ngugi accords his female characters has been acknowledged and explored critically, how he deploys the African feminist/womanist ideology in his writings, and uses his writings to advocate for gender complementarit...

Conflict as Content in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Conflict is an element of tragedy. The concept of tragedy right from the classical period has generated a lot of criticism that many dramatists or playwrights consider it a fertile ground through which they contribute to literature. One of such dramatists is William Shakespeare whose universality in writing has hitherto influenced generations. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a dramatic work that reflects parts of the Aristotelian concept of tragedy with an infusion of comic relief, a play -w...

Political and Moral Decay in the Drama of Emeka Nwabueze: A Reading of A Parliament of Vultures and Spokesman for the Oracle

Nigeria in few days from today will be fifty-five years existing as an independent entity. As a country, Nigeria has given birth to both military and civilian rule. In 1960, the British housewife in England called Nigeria our sovereign motherland in the national anthem given to us as a parting gift. The current anthem, put together by a committee of Nigeria intellectuals, invokes the father image. However, a critical examination of the happenings in the country reveals that Nigeria is a...


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