Research Papers/Topics in Literature in English

The Representation of Home and Identity in Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go and Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing

ABSTRACT This research explores the issues of home and identity in two postcolonial novels, Ghana Must Go and Homegoing. In the era of globalization, people are pushing for borderlessness, transculturalism and hybrid identities as against a pure national or cultural identity. Among such people are African third generation writers who are also second generation migrants. They themselves have had issues in trying to define their identities and, due to the many spaces and cultures they encounter...

Cross-dressing in Caryl Churchills Cloud Nine (1979) and Top Girls (1982)

During the 1960s and 1970s, the second wave of feminism took place in Britain. Back then, women did not just carry the fight for equality in marriage and work, but they also wanted to break free of the chains of gender stereotypes that the patriarchy drew about them. The second wave of feminism; also known as the ‘Women’s Liberation Movements’, did not focus on giving rights to women only but also to sex minorities (e.g. homosexuals, transsexuals. etc.). Caryl Churchill is a prominent E...

Management of Gray Literature in Academic Libraries In Nigeria

ABSTRACT This research investigated management and use of grey literature in academic libraries in Niger State. The purpose of it is to identify types of grey literature, examine methods of acquisition, processing, preservation and utilisation. In addition, to ascertain management challenges and strategies for improvement. Research questions were formulated based on seven points of the purposes. A descriptive survey research design was used for the study. One hundred and two (102) librarians ...

Nigerian Film Festival

Most scholarship on African screen media acknowledges out- right that there have been, and continue to be, many trends and traditions in filmmaking across the continent and in the African diasporas, making it impossible to distinguish any particular coherence to the category of African filmmaking. Many scholars have advanced this argument through analysis of distinct production infrastructures, films, genres, nationally located cinemas, particular filmmakers, and critical concepts such as tra...

Ahsan Abdullah khan research article (Psychological realism: An Analysis of main character Raskolnikov in the novel crime and punishment)

Abstract: This article aims to explore the Psychological aspects of the novel Crime and Punishment. It mainly focused on the character Raskolnikov in a novel that he lost his mental abilities after committed a crime. It demonstrates the comparison of his mental health before and after commit a crime. He makes his own psychological mind in order to defend himself and struggle for his survival. This paper tries to find the main reason of his wish or desire to commit suicide and death. This arti...

REPRESENTATION OF VIOLENCE ON WOMEN IN CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S PURPLE HIBISCUS

ABSTRACT   This study examines how Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus interrogates the problem of violence on women. The study shows how violence is represented through characters who due to violence condoned by male characters they are affected. It establishes how the novel portrays religion and patriarchy as two ideologies that men exploit to enforce violence on women and subject them to submission. In the portrait, family is represented as the focal point where violence is ...

Autobiographical Elements in Washington Irving's RIP Van Winkle

Abstract This essay examines Washington Irving’s short story “Rip Van Winkle” from an autobiographical perspective by focusing on the commonality and resemblance between the author and his fictional hero. It suggests that Rip and Irving have many similar traits which underline the deeply personal and subjective dimension of the tale. It begins by considering some of these traits such as idleness, generosity and kind-heartedness. It claims that both Rip and Irving are characterized by th...

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 simplicity. The study w...

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 poignant deployment...

Functional Values And Aspects Of Style In Selected Rwandese Insigamigani Texts

ABSTRACT This 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 g...

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 in the...

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

ABSTRACT This 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 whic...

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

ABSTRACT The 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 i...


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