Research Papers/Topics in English and Literary Studies

Okonkwo's Reincarnation: A Comparison of Achebe's Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease

 In their paper, "Okonkwo’s Reincarnation: A Comparison of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease," Mary JanePatrick Nwakaego Okolie and Ginikachi Christian Uzoma explore the reincarnation myth, a global concept founded basically in religion and tradition. It was especially vibrant in the ancient times in places like Egypt, Greece, and in continents like Asia and Africa, which possess varying understandings of the myth. In Igbo tradition, for example, it is believed that reinca...

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...

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

Abstract Authors 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 Tuesday. Thi...

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...

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 complementarity within the African socio-cultural real...

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 female sto...

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 that ...

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...

Silence and Blindness in Richard Wright’s Native Son

Abstract Richard  Wright’s  Native  Son  has  often  been  read  as  a  socially-oriented  text,  seemingly  neglecting  its  existence  as  a literary  construct.  Such  readings  gear  towards  identifying  the  text  with  such  societal  ills  as  racism  and  environmental impact  on  the  individual,  as  if  these  are  the  only  business  of  the  text.In  this  paper,  however,  attention  shifts  from  such external  referents...