Research Papers/Topics in Literature In English

Migration and Transnationalism in Teju Cole's Open City By Omotoyosi Odukomaiya

          In recent times, numerous contemporary Nigerian fiction novels have increasingly employed a transnational outlook, consequently forgoing previous themes that bordered on national or societal issues. It reaffirms the simple fact that literature is indeed influenced by a reality that continually evolves. The apparent reason for the thematic shift in Nigerian Literature is simple. Globalization, a term closely related to transnationalis...

Migration and the Politics of Comfort

 Abstract. Migration is one of the concepts in literature that suffers from the notion of homogeneity of motif and consequence. People do not only migrate to better themselves nowadays nor are the problems they encounter limited to the acquisition of documents. Using New Historicism and post coloniality, this paper examines the changes in trends of migration, entry/exit complexities and what it takes to be comfortable in a world replete ...

Migration and the Politics of Comfort in Priscilia Manjo’s Snare and Noviolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names

Migration and the Politics of Comfort in Priscilia Manjo’s Snare and Noviolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names   Abstract. Migration is one of the concepts in literature that suffers from the notion of homogeneity of motif and consequence. People do not only migrate to better themselves nowadays nor are the problems they encounter limited to the acquisition of documents. Using New Historicism and postcoloniality, this paper examines the chan...

LITERARY AESTHETICS AND UTILITARIAN VALUES IN MOSTAR FESTIVAL SONGS

ABSTRACTThe Ngas people of Plateau State are classified among the minority ethnic groups in Nigeria. They are also known for their reputable legendary public figures including General Yakubu Gowon who was a military head of state (1966-1975). However, in academic and artisitic studies not much has been revealed about the people, their aesthetics as well as cultural and traditional values. Being dominated by exisiting majority ethnic groups in Nigeria, the Ngas possess thriving traditions of l...

Review of the Novel Garland of Thorns

BOOK REVIEWTITLE:                         A GARLAND OF THORNSAUTHOR:                   CALISTUS AWOKESUBJECT AREA:        FICTION PUBLISHER:               GENNA PUBLICATIONS LIMITED

Deception in its Diversity

This is talking about my country 'Nigeria'  how we as people of the country keep on blaming each other for our past mistakes; instead of looking for how to make it great again and make it better.

The Nature, Origin and Evolution of Modern African Poetry

Various phases have emerged in the development of Modern African poetry, each with its poets and ideology. These phases are the pioneer phase, the modernist phase and the contemporary phase. This paper swiftly traces the origin, development and features of what today is called modern African poetry. It treats Modern African Poetry as an offspring of the African oral traditions and the African colonial experience, and as a reactionary tool against the whips of neo-colonialism in African s...

ADICHIE'S AMERICANAH : AN INTENTIONAL DISTORTION OF THE AFRICAN IDEALS TO STIR THE AFRICANNESS IN AFRICANS

This essay attempts a moral criticism of Americanah and provides a rationale for its offensiveness. With the provocative ending given to the novel, this essay maintains the stance that Adichie engages in an intentional distortion of what is considered rational and moral in Africa not to leave the African reader offended, but to stir an anger in him and give him a deeper conviction of the morality he truly stands for. 

Signs and Signification in Chika Unigwe's Night Dancer and Kunle Afolayan's October 1

ABSTRACTNigerian novelists and filmmakers deploy cultural codes to communicate certain messages and create a genuinely Nigerian narrative art recognisable to the reader and viewer. Even when the process of conveying a message seems overt, certain messages are still artistically encoded for the reader and viewer to crack. Consequently, this study critically elucidates how cultural signs convey meanings in Chika Unigwe’s Night Dancer (a novel) and Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 (a film),...

Descartes’ Evil Genius Argument

Literature essay Descartes’ argument begins with a claim that dreams and waking life can naturally have the same content.  He was a 17th C philosopher and is referred to as father of modern day philosophy.His interest was on understanding the very important truths about his surrounding habitat. Descartes’ wanted to separate truth from fictional narratives in human lives. To be able to formulate this notion, he tried to forget all that he knew and was stored in his mind and ...

THE ISSUES OF CORRUPTION IN GOVERNANCE: A STUDY OF NIYI OSUNDARE’S THE STATE VISIT

This paper examines corruption in governance in Nigeria, using Niyi Osundare's The State Visit. Osundare condemns corruption which he sees as appalling in Nigeria.He states that embezzlement of funds among government officials is on the increase. Unemployment soars; there is a poor state of infrastructural facilities. Those in the academics are not left out of corruption as they compromise their supposedly intellectual integrity and honesty as a result of lust for power and opulence. There is...

A Comprehensive Analysis of Lonely Days by Bayo Adebowale

In this book, Bayo Adebowale created living people, not just characters and showed his appreciation for Africa’s rich cultural heritage as reflected. In the same breath, he condemned widow inheritance and other cultural practices that subject widows to pain and humiliation. Lonely Days celebrates the beauty, industry, talent and resilience of the African women.

The African time

civilization and the advent of colonization took a positive and a negative toll on Africa and that has brought a lot of controversy in leadership of Africa, the story is about the bravery of khan and his tribe in defeating evil and slavery from a corrupt king whom was responsible for several unsanctioned death of their people.

SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK - THE PAINTERS DIARY

The content is Synopsis of a 260 page book which tells a story of a freelancer, Leonard Daberechi Vincent, who is in quest of a future of his own in an uncertain environment. It relives the times of Leo as contained in his diaries.The book is filled with humor as well as aspirations of a Nigerian youth to achieve a future of his ownam

THE USE OF CREOLE IN AFRICAN LITERATURE, USING DEV VIRAHSAWMY’S ZENERAL MAKBEF AS A CASE STUDY

This paper centres on the Mauritian Creole, the national language of Mauritius, an island in Africa. Dev Virahsawmy, a Mauritian writer has written several literary works using the Mauritian Creole, and he has adapted some of Shakespeare's works using this language. An examination of his use of the Creole will be viewed in this essay. 

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