Research Papers/Topics in Literature In English

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot - Is It A Dialectic Text

This essay questions the dialectic nature of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot. The many voices and contexts are explored with the essay concluding that the poem not only points out the constant conflict between light and dark within the human being, but is also apocalyptic. Primary texts from Conrad, Dante and Ovid are considered with reference also to Shakespeare and Webster.

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 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. 

SUMMARY OF THINGS FALL APART

THE AUTHOR’S BRIEF BIOGRAPHYChinua Achebe born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe 16, November 1930 – 21, March 2013 was a Nigerian Novelist, Poet, Professor and Critic. He was best known for his first novel and magnum  opus; “Things Fall Apart” (1958), which is the most widely read book in Modern African Literature. SUMMARYThe book focuses on the clash between colonialism and traditional culture though Okonkwo is a respected man, from Umuofia tribe of the Igbo people, he lives in f...

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