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: 263

Article in Press

A REFLECTION ON WOLE SOYINKA`S POEM “ROOTS” AND ROLAND BARTHES’ “THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT”

EMMANUEL E. EGAR

  •  Received: 11 March 2020
  •  Accepted: 11 May 2020
Wole Soyinka’s style is writing as exploration: a search for the “thingly” character of the “thing”. That thing is political corruption. Soyinka makes the stench of corruption so bare and even transparent that it seems to beg for solutions. Soyinka, like Jean Paul Sartre, tries to expose the anomalies of the problems of society in order to wake up and solve them. While Sartre believes that the artists should be at the forefront of solving problems, Soyinka does not see that as the role of the artist. As African – Americans would say: if you do not expect to solve a problem, then do not raise it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Roland Barthes, however, is a peculiar kind of writer. For Barthes, writing is a form of seduction. The writer has to seduce his readers by cruising them, which means he has to go into their mindset to gauge their anxieties, frustrations, doubts, hopes and even desires of his readers before writing. This is the form of writing that produces Jouissance, ecstasy. This work is a literary analysis of the two texts thus adopts qualitative approach.