Research Papers/Topics in Literature in English

Autobiographical Elements in Washington Irving's RIP Van Winkle

AbstractThis 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 the...

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 ...

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...

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 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...