Research Papers/Topics in Literature In English

Man with the Machine: Analyzing the Role of Autopoietic Machinic Agency in Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me

The study will attempt to analyze Ian McEwan‘s novel Machines Like Me (2019) to explore issues related to the question of whether it ispossible to found a meaningful relationship between man and machine in a culture which is inching towards a Transhuman or Posthuman state while also focusing on the issue that how the very definition of ‗human‘ is bound to undergo a radical shift in an environment where machines not just mimic and flawlessly replicate their human counterparts in many res...

Of Monsters and Grotesques: Studying the Elements of Monstrosity and Grotsquery in the Post-Apocalyptic Setting of Jeff Vandermeer's Borne and Dead Astronauts

The study seeks to analyze Jeff Vander Meer’s ‘Borne’ (2017) and ‘Dead Astronauts’ (2019) to describe how the shaping power of monstrosity, weirdness, complexity, and grotesquery in a post-apocalyptic setting can best be appreciated once one applies certain religious tropes for the analysis of the unfolding of the events in the novel. In post-apocalyptic settings of the novels mentioned above, Biblical tropes can help connect the present situation to a past that otherwise exists as ...

Social Values In Young Adults Novels: A Study Of Selected Works By Nahida Esmail

This study focused on the critical investigation of social values in three Young Adults novels by Nahida Esmail: Living in the Shade (2011), The Detective of Shangani: The Mystery of the Lost Rubies (2014) and Lessilie the City Maasai (2011). The novels address issues about Young Adults (YA) as they are employed by the author of the selected novels. Young Adult Literature (YAL) is a genre that both adults and young adults love to read because of its small size and sim...

Silence As A Strategy For Trauma Enunciation In Selected Fiction Of Abdulrazak Gurnah: Paradise (1994) And Desertion (2005)

The study offers a reading on how silence has been presented as a strategy for trauma enunciation in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s selected novels: Paradise (1994) and Desertion (2005). It also explores how migration and racial differences have led to the muteness of the characters. This is in order to fill the critical lacuna that exists in the available scholarship on the author. As of now he has written eight novels but the study has focused on two of them because of their&nbsp...

Functional Values And Aspects Of Style In Selected Rwandese Insigamigani Texts

ABSTRACTThis study analyses key literary and social values in Rwandese literary Metagenres known as Insigamigani. Insigamigani means proverb subjects or subjects that have generated proverbs. The study analysed the social values of heroism and patriotism as key virtues that emerged from the selected texts and illustrates how they turned into literary meta-genres collected in ‘Ibirari by’insigamigani’ texts. Insigamigani are considered meta-genres because they entail two oral literary ge...

Gender Analysis Of Literature Set Books: A Study Of Selected Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education (KCSE) Literature Texts.

ABSTRACT Set books are an important socializing tool and play a crucial role in determining students‟ worldview of gender relations in society. Gender responsiveness is one of the emerging issues that have attracted major debates in various forums including in the education system in general and choice of set books in particular. This study examined the gender responsiveness of selected KCSE literature set books, and students‟ and English teachers‟ responses to the gender issues i...

The Construction Of Images Of Power Among The Sabaot Of Kenya As Represented In Their Male Initiation Poetry

ABSTRACTThis study examined the construction of images of power in initiation male oral poetry of the Sabaot with a view to revealing how this community contests power relations with its neighbours. The study also investigated how this contest of power relations creates or maintains a cultural identity, which like in any other community is derived from a sense of imagined superiority. Oral Poetry is an incontestable reservoir of values, sensibilities, aesthetics and also a genre through which...

Misogyny In Urban Fiction: A Study Of Selected Texts By Meja Mwangi.

ABSTRACTThe study is an investigation of the theme of misogyny as propagated by the urban underclass represented in the urban fiction of Meja Mwangi. The study argues that over the years, literary critics have unjustly classified the urban fiction of Mwangi as “non- serious” literature, and have therefore accorded him little if any critical acclaim albeit his fiction deals with very intricate and vital modern-day social problems in Kenya. The study argues that misogyny has directly and in...

Misogyny In Urban Fiction: A Study Of Selected Texts By Meja Mwangi

ABSTRACTThe study is an investigation of the theme of misogyny as propagated by the urban underclass represented in the urban fiction of Meja Mwangi. The study argues that over the years, literary critics have unjustly classified the urban fiction of Mwangi as “non- serious” literature, and have therefore accorded him little if any critical acclaim albeit his fiction deals with very intricate and vital modern-day social problems in Kenya. The study argues that misogyny has directly and in...

The Status Of Children's Theatre In Nairobi

ABSTRACT The overall objective of the research was to establish the statue of children's theatre as an art form in Nairobi. The study reveals the forms in which children's theatre in Nairobi is manifested and critically examines the plot, characters, theme and style of plays performed for child audiences to determine whether they are suitable for them. Previous research has put more emphasis on the analysis of adult theatre hence the endeavour to open up the field of children's theatre ...

Templates Of Wanga Socio-Cultural Family Values In Thematic And Stylistic Analysis Of Ali Akeko’s Selected Popular Songs

ABSTRACT This study regards Ali Akeko as a producer of cultural „goods‟ whose taste and appropriation are realized in consumption. For a detailed analysis, the study used eighteen songs. The study investigated Wanga socio-cultural family values as represented in Akeko‟s songs, structuring of the message and the art in the songs. It investigated the positioning of characters in Akeko‟s songs and the values the characters espouse. Data was collected through interviewing elderly Wa...

The Appropriation Of The Alienation Effect By Selected Theatre For Development Troupes In Kenya

ABSTRACTThis study examined the use of Brecht’s concept of the alienation effect by selected theatre for development troupes in Kenya. It emerged that theatre for development is mainly used by nongovernmental organizations for grassroots development. Nonetheless, several deficiencies at the level of practice and technique hinder theatre for development from realizing its ultimate potential. These deficiencies were mainly attributable to the inability of theatre for development practices to ...

Chuo Kikuu Cha Kenyatta Idara Ya Kiswahili

AbstractNovel and short story genres of written literature are created to be read, but not to be dramatized as is the case with the play. For a period of about fifteen years adapters have made effort to dramatize swahili prose texts. The dramatization of prose texts is made possible through transforming features of prose into features of drama. The purpose of this study was to evaluate adaptation of novels and short stories for secondary school students in Kenya. The study objectives were to ...

Dhima Za Hurafa Katika Fasihi Ya Watoto

ABSTRACTThis study is about the role of fables in children’s literature. Its main objectives are to evaluate the role, themes and literal devices used in fables to make them significant to children. It was a descriptive research done in the library. Purposeful sampling was used to select three fables. These were: Ngiri Mganga (2010) by Kariuki, Sungura na Mbwa (2011) by Nyakeri and Sisimizi Amuua Tembo (2004) by Mayega. Data was collected and analyzed according to research questions and obj...

Change And Continuity In Riddles And Riddle Performance Among The Kipsigis Of Kericho County, Kenya

ABSTRACT This study focused on contemporary Kipsigis riddles, their performances and ways in which they have adjusted to the socio-cultural circumstances brought to bear on the Kipsigis cultural lives. The objective of this study was to interrogate the ways in which the postcolonial experiences has influenced Kipsigis riddle formation and riddling, and the implication on the processes which produce the meaning. Although the structure and form of riddles has been extensively studied, the...


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