Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 129

Article in Press

Stylistic strategies in selected Calixthe Beyala’s Novels

Jummai Lucy Jibrin

  •  Received: 18 September 2020
  •  Accepted: 10 March 2021
Calixth Beyala is a francophone novelists whose works have attracted readership globally. Previous studies on Calixthe Beyala have paid little or no attention to the extensive studies of her novels. The data are purposively selected from four Beyalian novels namely: C’est le soleil qui m’a brûlée (the sun hath looked upon me), Tu t’apelleras Tanga (Your name shall be Tanga), Comment cuisiner son mari ā l’Africaine (How to cook one’s husband in the African way), and Maman ā un amant (Mother has a lover). The method of analysis is the French “explication de text”. The work reveals that songs bemoaned men’s insensitivity to women sexual needs and pleasure. While irony x-rayed social vices and realities, metaphoric expressions explicated positive women representation and negative men representation. Narrative techniques lamented bad leadership and followership in Africa and the use of dialogue had comic effects on the story. The study concludes that stylistic strategies showed that Beyalian novels are deeply rooted in African oral narratives and the novels are a reflection of socio-political, economic, and religious experiences of the author.

Keywords: Style, Stylistic strategies, Beyala’s novels, African woman, African home.