International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 260

IJEL Articles

The role of applicative morphology in marking the telicity of applicative verbs in Ruruuli-Lunyala

August 2020

This study examines the role of the morphology of applicatives in marking the telicity of applicative verbs in Ruruuli-Lunyala. Applicative verbs in Bantu languages have largely been investigated as allowing a new object Noun Phrase (NP) within the subcategorization of their base verb; this leads to a change of valency with the new Noun Phrase (NP) often giving a certain thematic role. However, less attention has been...

Author(s): Atuhairwe Amos  

The influence of Pidgin English on educational outcomes among secondary school students in Nigeria

August 2020

This study was carried out in view of the influences of Pidgin English amongst the students in Nigeria using Port Harcourt Local Government Area in Rivers State as a case study. It was conducted on two hundred students and eight teachers from four selected schools, four government workers and eight staff from the media. This research was executed because of the high rate of communication in Pidgin English amongst...

Author(s): Prince Daniel Ozioma Onyejelem and Onyejelem Perpetual Onyedikachi  

Thematic functions of oral literature in the speeches of legendary Oromo heroes in Bale Zone, Oromia

August 2020

The major purpose of the study was to analyze thematic functions of oral literature used in the speeches of Oromo heroes (Haaji Adam Saddo, General Husen Bune, Colonel Aliyyi Cirri, General Waqo Gutu, and Colonel Adam Jilo) from the three selected districts (woredas) (Madda Walabu, Gobba, and Sawwena) of Bale zone, Oromia region. Qualitative research design was employed. To this effect, relevant data was collected...

Author(s): Muktar Ahmed and Umer Ali

Hesitancy as an innate flaw in Hamlet's character: Reading through a psychoanalytic lens

May 2020

This paper concentrated on hesitancy as a character's flaw from the Freudian psychoanalysis focal point. Hamlet's uncertainty is especially identified with his natural complex which frames his oblivious love for his mom and his lethal abhor for his dad. Freud's ideas of man's concealed want for annihilation and eradication may shape the reason for understanding Hamlet's craving for death and suicide...

Author(s): Abdul Mahmoud Idrees Ibrahim  

The contribution of Freud’s theories to the literary analysis of two Victorian novels: Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre

May 2020

Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytical theories can be used with reference to the analysis of literary works. Reading novels, poems and other compositions through the lens of psychoanalysis gives the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the works of literature in their genesis and presentation. Freudian doctrine can be considered as a reading tool that allows the investigation of the enigmatic areas of human experience...

Author(s): Giuseppe Giordano

Semantic roles in Ruluuli-Runyala

March 2020

In this paper, we provide a detailed analysis of the semantic roles of applicative arguments in Ruluuli-Runyala. We present the semantic roles of applicative objects in view of the participant roles as semantically defined under sense relations: There is a general assumption that arguments of a verb could be allocated only one of these roles. The analysis follows the theoretical framework which contextualises...

Author(s): Atuhairwe Amos

Deconstructing postcolonial scopic regimes: The subversion of power imaginaries in the novels of Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Sony Labou Tansi

January 2020

This paper examines the relationship between visuality, knowledge and power in the postcolonial African novel. With examples from selected texts of Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Sony Labou Tansi, it argues that visual culture, usually employed in the analysis of cultural images and material iconographies in media studies, can aptly be employed in textual analysis given that postcolonial novels are primarily engaged with...

Author(s): Gilbert Ndi Shang

“What a Lark! What a Plunge!” The influence of Sigmund Freud on Virginia Woolf

June 2019

To what extent did Sigmund Freud influence Virginia Woolf? Although they shared an advocacy for truth by means of stream of consciousness narration and free association, Woolf claimed to have had only superficial knowledge of Freud. Even if this was true, she could not help but be aware of his theories of psychoanalysis through the media of her day or by way of her publisher Hogarth Press, which published Freud. As...

Author(s): Heather Roetto  

Ambivalent identity and self repatriation in the plot characterisation of selected black auto/biographical novels

March 2019

Literature of the Black Diaspora locates within its multi-layered gamut, a kaleidoscope of artistic productions; self-narratives careered by the quest for identity and self-expatriation from a ruthless atmosphere of slavery and racial subjugation. Studies have fixated on thematic preoccupation, language form in works of Afro-American and Caribbean traditions. Not so much has been explored especially on identity and...

Author(s): Ndubuisi Martins Aniemeka  

Are these students strategic enough? The study of college students” application of self-regulation strategy into task oriented English learning

January 2019

Self-regulation is a popular theoretical application into discussing the second language (L2) learning efficacy. Students apply a variety of strategies to regulate their learning processes. In order to explore students’ self-regulatory learning strategies, this study assigned a 3-minute English introduction for the freshmen of the sport college students and observed their process of completing the task. Students...

Author(s): Angel Hsieh  

The Magnificence of Arabic: Orwa ibn Al-Ward an Epitome

December 2018

Orwa ibn Al-Ward is one of the greatest knights, heroes and poets who presented elegant pictures of Arabs before Islam by word and deed. In this literary article, the researcher attempts to probe the depth of the poetry of Orwa ibn Al-Ward as an instance of the greatness of Arabic poetic language as well as being a symbol of dignity, hospitality, generosity, manliness and sacrifice. Orwa ibn Al-Ward deserves a literary...

Author(s): Yahya Saleh Hasan Dahami  

An analysis of bullying in schools as presented by two Ugandan novels

November 2018

This paper analyzes the depictions of bullying in schools in two selected Ugandan novels: Goretti Kyomuhendo’s The First Daughter (1996) and Mary Karooro Okurut’s The invisible Weevil (1998). The study is about the vices that education transmits to the learners depending on the socio-cultural and political context. One of them that education transmits is the bullying of fellow students. Bullying is both...

Author(s): Mary Naula, Manuel Muranga, Cornelius Wambi Gulere and Joseph Jakisa Owor

Lyrical life: The prevailing mysticism of the evolution and inevitable putrefaction of the great human race

November 2018

“Souls come to light after a fierce fight / among lovely ‘xx or xy’ pairs at day or night” This hypothetical review is regarding the poem “Lyrical Life” which is a fourteen-line poem in a sonnet structure written by the author of this article. This article is intended to share the author’s philosophy of life with that of other scholars and philosophers including pre-Socratic...

Author(s): Faisal Ahmed  

The practice of process approach in writing classes: Grade eleven learners of Jimma preparatory and Jimma University community preparatory school in focus

October 2018

The purpose of this study is to explore the practices of process writing approach in grade eleven students at Jimma Preparatory School and Jimma University Community Preparatory school in Oromia Regional State. To accomplish this purpose, the study employed a descriptive study method, which was supplemented by both quantitative and qualitative research to enrich the data. The study was carried out in two school selected...

Author(s): Habtamu Shiferaw Adula

Learning the English Passive Voice: Difficulties, learning strategies of Igbo ESL learners and pedagogical implications

October 2018

From the author’s teaching experience, a greater number of Nigerian university students either stick monotonously to the active English sentences or use the expletive “It” structure. This paper investigated the difficulties Igbo bilinguals encounter when learning the English passive and the grammar learning strategies they adopt to overcome the difficulties. For the study, 30 Igbo speaking 100 level...

Author(s): Scholastica Chinyere Amadi  

A study of the portrayal of virginity in Ugandan novels

September 2018

This paper examines the portrayal of virginity in Akiki K. Nyabongo’s, Africa Answers Back (1936), Mary Okurut’s Invisible Weevil (1998) and Jane Bakaluba’s Honeymoon for Three (1975). The study analyzes the place of virginity in African traditional marriage. The girls are trained by the elder mothers and aunts to remain a virgin until their wedding night. In Africa, virginity is highly valued that...

Author(s): Mary Naula, Joseph Jakisa Owor and Cornelius Wambi Gulere  

Capitalism versus narcissism: Death of a salesman's psychoanalytic critique

September 2018

Arthur Miller's, Death of a Salesman seems to have lost some ground to its once established position as many critics of late downplayed the demise of its protagonist Willy Loman by inscribing the causes of his death on 'narcissism' and excessive self-importance other than delving into the deeper causes behind his tormented and isolated private life. However, the author argues that Willy's life gets...

Author(s): Nurul Anwar  

Investigating the negative impact of pragmatic transfer on the acquisition of English pragmatic as perceived by L2 Learners: A review

August 2018

Pragmatics is a basic and vital part of dialect capacity all together for L2 learners to comprehend and be comprehended in their communications with native speakers (NSs). This study aims to identify pragmatics and pragmatic transfer, and to make an overview about the relation between pragmatic transfer and language acquisition. One of the main results that are demonstrated from this study is that there are several...

Author(s): Althawab Meznah  

Sacrificing the bull: Conceptualisations of fanā (spiritual death) in Rumi’s Mathnavi

May 2018

This study examined conceptualisations of FANĀ, the case of ‘the cave’ and ‘the bull’, in Masnavi (complete six books) using the theoretical and analytical frameworks of Cultural Linguistics. The study was motivated by an increasing number of Rumi readers all over the world, and specifically in Western contexts. Furthermore, the dearth of empirical research that addresses conceptual metaphors and...

Author(s): Sepideh Hozhabrossadat

Sri Aurobindo’s discovery of the ‘Kingdom of Subtle Matter’ in Savitri and Albert Einstein’s discovery of the Four-Dimensional Plane of Existence

April 2018

Sri Aurobindo is a yogi of a very high plane of consciousness. His works like Savitri, The Life Divine, Letters on Poetry, Literature and Art etc. reveal that he is the Soul who has descended from the unknown eternal heights. It is from these eternal heights that he has discovered the existence of the plane of the Subtle Matter. In his epic Savitri which he has written from the plane of, to use his terminology,...

Author(s): Nikhil Kumar

Gender identities and the search for new spaces: Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Paradise

November 2017

There is growing ambivalence in the concept of gender in our societies today principally because its definition has moved from biological to social, implying that gender categories are not simply limited to male corresponding to man and female corresponding to woman, as it was traditionally, but man can now pass for woman and vice versa depending on the individual. These new constructions have contributed to reshaping...

Author(s): Eleanor Anneh Dasi

Assessment of the qualities of academic writing in senior essays of English graduates: The case of Dire Dawa University

October 2017

The main objective of this study was to assess the qualities of academic writing in senior essays of English graduates, the case of Dire Dawa University. In this study, qualitative method was employed to conduct the research. The participants of the study were all English Language instructors (advisors) who were involved in advising English graduates. The reason for taking merely advisors is that the researcher thought...

Author(s): Yelay Birhan

The politics of educational exclusion in the selected plays of Athol Fugard and August Wilson

September 2017

The South African regime during Apartheid spent more time educating white children than black children. As a result, millions of black South Africans did not go to school. Similarly, in the United States of America, during slavery, blacks were not allowed to read and write, although they did it secretly in underground prisons. The education they received in the 17th century was given to them by benevolent slave masters....

Author(s): Joseph Ngong Sam

Needs analysis of the writing skills of HND Business Studies students at Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi Edo State

August 2017

This study, using Business Studies Students in the Departments of Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Banking and Finance, Marketing at Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State, as subjects was carried out to determine the writing skill needs of the Higher National Diploma (HND) students. The population of the study comprised 731 students. Using the University of Ibadan Modified Needs Analysis Questionnaire...

Author(s): Balogun Femi Unueshotse

Semiotics in the Whatsapp conversations of undergraduate students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

June 2017

Semioticians study signs not in isolation but as part of semiotic ‘sign systems’ (such as a medium or genre). They study of how meanings are made: as such, being concerned not only with communication but also with the construction and maintenance of reality. Structuralists seek to describe the overall organization of sign systems as 'languages'. However, for this study, we want to consider the...

Author(s): Otemuyiwa Abosede Adebola

Depiction of human society through epic literary genres: A comparative perspective of the function of two African heroic epics

June 2017

This study attempts to compare two main literary works. One is Niane’s Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali. Another is Kunene’s Emperor Shaka the Great, a Zulu Epic. The study aims at showing how Literature mirrors society through a comparison between the protagonists in the above mentioned epics basing on their heroic characteristics each. This is a qualitative study and is basically concerned with a particular...

Author(s): BAZIMAZIKI Gabriel

Combining transformative generative grammar and systemic functional grammar: Linguistic competence, syntax and second language acquisition

May 2017

Transformational generative grammar (TGG) and systemic functional grammar (SFG) are two of the most influential theoretical linguistic schools. Previous literature has mostly taken the two approaches as two contrastive perspectives to language. In the present study, the author focused on the non-contradictory side of the two approaches to see how they could be bound together to supplement each other in terms of...

Author(s): Rong Xiao

Silent pauses in the oral reading task: Pausing patterns and reasons for pauses

April 2017

This study investigated the occurrence of silent pauses, duration, frequency, distribution and the reasons for inappropriate pausing patterns in L2 reading tasks. The oral reading pauses of 44 Chinese learners of English as a Foreign Language were measured using two subtests of a proficiency speaking test, and the reasons for the measured pausing patterns were identified through a semistructured interview. In the oral...

Author(s): Chen I-Ju

Age variation in the use of Nigerian Pidgin (NP): A case of Sapele, Delta State, Nigeria

February 2017

Nigeria is a multilingual nation with over 450 indigenous languages, the English language and Nigerian English-based Pidgin competing over the linguistic space. Many of the indigenous languages have gone into extinction for lack of users of such languages; English is the second language, occupying official status and Pidgin is widely used especially in the South- South region of Nigeria as the language of their...

Author(s): Umera-Okeke Nneka and Mercy Okitikpi

Postmodernsim in O’Tam Pulto’s novel ‘Elan Filega/Ye’azo Collej’,

January 2017

This research was aimed at contributing to the effort of narrowing down the knowledge gap that exists in Ethiopia regarding postmodernism as an avant-garde style in literary studies. The core objective of the study was to identify the major stylistic features of postmodernism in the selected Amharic novel ኤላን ፍለጋ/የኣዞ ኮሌጅ (Elan Filega/Ye’azo Collej) which was used as a primary source of data. The design of research...

Author(s): Zewde Jagre

A Study of Wole Soyinka's play The Lion and the Jewel in the light of cultures in conflict

December 2016

The present study examines the conflict between cultures in Nigeria and western society as represented in Wole Soyinka’s play The Lion and the Jewel. The study shows the relationships between the different cultures. Soyinka is the first African who won the Nobel Prize in 1986 for his accomplishment in the field of literature for his country Nigeria. He likes traditional cultures so; he came out from all...

Author(s): Nadia Maher Ibrahim Moawad

The Imapct of muwshah and zajal on troubadours poetry

November 2016

The Spanish culture has been exposed to European and Arabic culture. The Arabs ruled Spain from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries. The Arab civilization has left a significant impact on Europe in general and in Spain in particular. This paper aims to examine the impact of the muwashah and zajal of Hispano-Arabic on the troubadours’ poetry in structure and themes, language and rhyme. In the field of poetry, the...

Author(s): Ziad Ali Alharthi and Abdulhafeth Ali Khrisat

Taoism as ethics, science as background: On the left hand of darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

November 2016

The Left Hand of Darkness by the modern American fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin is acknowledged as a classical work of science fiction literature. Although, it belongs to the science fiction genre, the essence of the novel lies in that it tries to interpret and understand the world from the perspective of Chinese Taoist ethics, while such scientific elements as the far-future setting, interplanetary travel and...

Author(s): Qian Li

Dare you rocking it: Contemporary women and the trap of the glass ceiling in chick lit

October 2016

This paper argues that multiple truths can coexist, and beyond the romance and the pink flowery cover, Chick lit examines new areas in the modern women’s lives that feminists have not touched yet such as the impact of female in power on the advancement of female subordinate’s employees, and the reason that keeps contemporary women away from the glass ceiling. It demonstrates how Chick lit authors by bringing...

Author(s): Nour Elhoda A. E. Sabra

A question of the body: Colonial legacies and postcolonial imaginaries of power in African literary texts

September 2016

This study examines the representation of corporeal difference as one of the fundamental ideologies on which the power dynamics of colonial and postcolonial polities are based. The analyses in this study are anchored on postcolonial theory with regard to issues such as power, race, centre/margin and decolonisation while the various notions of corporeality discussed here are informed by the works of theorists like...

Author(s): Ndi Gilbert Shang

Socio-political satire in Femi Osofisan’s Many Colours Make the Thunder-King

September 2016

Oral literature is a vital tool that is sometimes deployed by African writers for criticizing the social and political situations in their countries with the aim of challenging and proffering solutions to unpleasant and oppressive practices by its leaders. Femi Osofisan’s Many Colours Make the Thunder-King exemplifies this situation. It is observed that oral literature is not usually considered as a possible means...

Author(s): Olushola Ayodeji Akanmode

"Moments of infinite joy within a limited time": The concept of time in John Green's The Fault in our Stars

August 2016

Time is a major theme in John Green's young adult and romantic novel, The Fault in our Stars (2012). Green spent ten years trying to write the book. Even though Hazel and Gus experience typical teenage problems, as well as extreme physical hardships and psychological conflicts due to their cancer disease, they still manage to have a great time together. They fall in love with one another, meet their favorite author,...

Author(s): Gehan M. Anwar Deeb

‘You have no past, no history’ : Philosophy, literature and the re-invention of Africa

August 2016

Africa has been a victim of misrepresentation since the advent of colonialism. This paper, which is largely based on textual analysis, examines how African philosophy and literature intersect in an attempt to bring about a better understanding of Africa in both the West and Africa itself. The study argues that the intersection of literature and philosophy in African literary discourse we witness is an inevitable...

Author(s): Michael Andindilile

Globalisation and African women’s bodies: Some fictional representations

August 2016

Gender as an important resonance in the transnational dynamics of globalisation significantly compels African women to transgress orthodox boundaries and traditional spaces which often limit them to domestic spheres. Particularly in the global south, for instance, the gendered forces of globalisation, complexly restructures people and spaces such that African women’s identities and sexualities are profoundly...

Author(s): Omolola A. Ladele

The Poetry of Bruce Meyer: The inaugural poet laureate of the city of Barrie

July 2016

Juan de Dios Torralbo-Caballero (Professor at the University of Cordoba) studies in depth the poetic work of the Canadian poet Bruce Meyer. The book is published in the prestigious Publishing House Comares, within the "Interlingua" collection, which includes hundreds of specialized studies in the fields of philology and translation. The book begins with a preface summarizing the contents of each of the six...

Author(s): Juan de Dios Torralbo-Caballero

The Necessity of idiomatic expressions to English Language learners

July 2016

Non-native speakers of English are found in different parts of the world. The usage of Idiomatic expressions by those speakers is considered as an important issue and is regarded as an essential part of the English Language competence. It is a necessity that all speakers of the English Language become aware and proficient in using English idiomatic expressions. It is essential and is considered a big part of English...

Author(s): Rana Abid Thyab

Masculinity and cultural conflict in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

June 2016

The African people have varying behaviours, mannerisms, beliefs, thought patterns and way of interaction and all of these differences formed their culture and impacted their way of life. However, with the coming of the Europeans to Africa came cultural infiltration, pollution as well as alteration. This research analyses Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) from the angle of masculinity and culture clash...

Author(s): Tobalase Adegbite O.

And the word echoes: A taxonomy of repetitions in the sense of an ending

June 2016

‘Repetition’, as a literary technique, was effectively applied in Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending. It was used to explain the imperfection and subjectivity of both memory and history, and to show the richness of human emotions that cannot be generalized by any universal philosophy. However, this particular technique has not been sufficiently explored by researchers. Regarding this, the study...

Author(s): Zhang Yanting

Representation of gendered art through gendered memories in Ahlam Mosteghanemi’s Memory in the Flesh and Chaos of the Senses

June 2016

This essay considers the way that Ahlam Mosteghanemi makes use of gendered memory in her two novels Memory in the Flesh (2008) first published in 1985 and Chaos of the Senses (2007), first published in 1998. In order to make it clear which text is being referred to, the references to these main texts will include author name, abbreviated titles MIF and COS respectively and page number for quotations. Here, it is argued...

Author(s): Baaqeel Nuha,

Identities in The Tempest, Tempests in Identities

May 2016

This study aims to analyze the identity formation of the characters in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest in terms of psychoanalytic theories of identity.  It also aims to portray the patriarchal dominance over the marginalized characters and the shifting process of identification through the interpellation of the society. Since this process carries the potential to reveal the universal effects of the elements...

Author(s): Begüm Tuğlu

Oralture on twin rituals among Jopadhola of Uganda

May 2016

The purpose of this study was to identify and critically analyze the oralture products associated with rituals concerning twins among the Jopadhola of Uganda. The study had the following objectives: to establish the successive stages in the life of twins among the Jopadhola and the rituals which accompany them; establish the nature or categories and functions of the oralture produced around these rituals; and establish...

Author(s): Joseph Jakisa Owor and Mary Naula

“To thee the harmless snake I bring”: The Non-Cavalier Erotics of Marvell’s Mower Poems

April 2016

The fusion of eroticism and misogyny is perhaps one of the most prominent characteristics of Cavalier poetry. Women are generally idealized, having their bodies figuratively dismembered, listed from the head down, and compared to pure and beautiful objects through the use of simile and exaggeration (Scott-Baumann, 2008). Furthermore, it is common for women to be portrayed as physically, emotionally and intellectually...

Author(s): Mona Hamed

Pragmatism, prostitution and morality in Philip Chidavaenzi’s the haunted trail (2012) and Virginia Phiri’s Highway Queen (2010)

April 2016

The article utilises Philip Chidavaenzi’s The Haunted Trail and Virginia Phiri’s Highway Queen to argue that female characters pragmatically turn to prostitution when the society, which should nurture morality in humanity, turns immoral against them. The moral principle is apparently premised on the notion that, when human beings behave altruistically they distinguish themselves from animals and bring order...

Author(s): Mdlongwa Theresia

Enslavement and freedom in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

April 2016

This research paper focuses on the subject of enslavement and freedom in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. It compares between two contrasting worlds: the primitive world, where John the Savage lives and the utopian world, where Bernard Marx, Helmholtz Watson, and their fellow-citizens inhabit. The primitive world, in this connection, symbolizes freedom, whereas the utopian world represents enslavement. The story...

Author(s): Ahmed Ahmed Abdelaziz Farag

Divergent perspectives: The representation of the maternal subject in American postwar novels about the rejection of motherhood

March 2016

The article examines the nuanced representation of the rejection of motherhood in three postwar American novels to highlight the perspectives on maternal subjectivity. A close reading of the texts is utilized to analyze patterns of the rejection of motherhood displayed in abortion and infanticide or rejecting the traditional model of motherhood that is limited to females. This close analysis reveals the nuances in the...

Author(s): Hanan Alazaz

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