Research Papers on African Literature

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  • A Poetic Analysis of 'Homecoming' by Lenrie Peters

    This is 4 page paper meant as an explication of Lenrie Peters’ poem “Homecoming”. Gambian poet and novelist Lenrie Peters was born in 1932 in Bathurst, the capital of Gambia during the time when Gambia was still a British colony. The background of Peters and that of his country is important when analyzing his poem “Homecoming” as readers can better understand the climate in which he left Gambia to become educated and that to which he returned many years later. The poem “Homecoming” is among his collection which shows the corruptive greed of the tribal leaders while at the same time is balanced by “nostalgia for a pastoral past with cautious assertion of hope for a future built on that past”. Peters’ “Homecoming” writes of the sadness and strange shadows and skeletons which awaited him when he returned to Gambia to which he had “longed for returning”. The poem can be analyzed through several meanings including literal, connoted, figurative, imagery, allusions and tone among others. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • A Poetic Analysis of 'Homecoming' by Lenrie Peters

    This is 4 page paper meant as an explication of Lenrie Peters’ poem “Homecoming”. Gambian poet and novelist Lenrie Peters was born in 1932 in Bathurst, the capital of Gambia during the time when Gambia was still a British colony. The background of Peters and that of his country is important when analyzing his poem “Homecoming” as readers can better understand the climate in which he left Gambia to become educated and that to which he returned many years later. The poem “Homecoming” is among his collection which shows the corruptive greed of the tribal leaders while at the same time is balanced by “nostalgia for a pastoral past with cautious assertion of hope for a future built on that past”. Peters’ “Homecoming” writes of the sadness and strange shadows and skeletons which awaited him when he returned to Gambia to which he had “longed for returning”. The poem can be analyzed through several meanings including literal, connoted, figurative, imagery, allusions and tone among others. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Postcolonial Literature in Morocco and Kenya

    A 7 page paper assessing the primary features of postcolonial literature, focusing on the Kenya and Morocco through the work of Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Fatima Mernissi. Both of these views of postcolonial literature provides readers with a basis for asking “what if” questions. Though the degrees to which each goes vary greatly, each maintains that foreign influence inexorably and irrevocably changed their cultures, providing the primary feature of postcolonial literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Literature of Early Africa and Identity

    This 4 page paper explores corporate and national identity in Sundiata and The Kebra Nagast. Background information is presented to validate claims and the role of religion in the works is also discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Women in African Literature

    A 3 page paper which examines the role of women in God’s Bits of Wood by Sembene Ousmane and Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. No additional sources cited.

  • Violence - the Monster that Torments Society Examined in Literature

    This paper uses four literary works to argue that violence is endemic in society. Frankenstein, Heart of Darkness, War Child and How to Tame a Wild Tongue are used to give various examples of violent behavior. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Role of Faith/Cry, the Beloved Country

    A 3 page essay that discusses the role of faith in Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. The true faith of protagonist Stephen Kumalo is contrasted briefly against the self-serving "faith" of Nathan Price in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. No additional sources cited.

  • Two Fathers in Cry, the Beloved Country

    Cry, the Beloved Country – Two Fathers Come Together: This 7-page comparative essay examines Alan Paton’s divergent patriarchs, Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis in Cry, the Beloved Country. The specific events in the novel that ultimately cause them to change are enveloped in the related loss of their sons, their subsequent relationship and the self-revelatory journey each takes while trying to understand the enigmatic behavior of his own child. Bibliography lists 1 source. SNPaton1.doc

  • 'The Rains Came' and 'Memoirs of a Female Physician'

    A five page paper which compares these two works, in terms of the way in which they explore the role of women in a male-dominated culture, and the nature of sacrifice in relation to women's place in society. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Things Fall Apart by Achebe and Heart of Darkness by Conrad

    A 3 page essay that contrasts and compares Achebe's Things Fall Apart to Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The writer argues that Achebe reverses the basic plot scenario seen in Conrad's novel. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Roles of Women in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    A 4 page paper which examines the role of women in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart.” Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.

  • Character Analysis of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    A 5 page paper which examines the character of Okonkwo in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart.” No additional sources cited.

  • Imperialism of Europe in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    A 3 page essay that analyzes Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart, which concerns the period in which the British first came to Nigeria and the culture clash that this invasion brought about with the native population. Achebe presents a picture of African culture, as seen in the Igbo tribe, that has more nuance than simply presenting the British as ethnocentric and imperialistic in their efforts to impose colonialism on a native culture and the Africans as the "good guys." While Achebe presents native Nigerians with sympathy, he also shows the flaws in their culture, and in so doing, presents the positive, as well as the negative, effects of British colonization of Nigeria. No additional sources cited.

  • Violence - the Monster that Torments Society Examined in Literature

    This paper uses four literary works to argue that violence is endemic in society. Frankenstein, Heart of Darkness, War Child and How to Tame a Wild Tongue are used to give various examples of violent behavior. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Violence - the Monster that Torments Society

    This paper uses four literary works to argue that violence is endemic in society. Frankenstein, Heart of Darkness, War Child and How to Tame a Wild Tongue are used to give various examples of violent behavior. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Role of Faith/Cry, the Beloved Country

    A 3 page essay that discusses the role of faith in Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. The true faith of protagonist Stephen Kumalo is contrasted briefly against the self-serving "faith" of Nathan Price in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. No additional sources cited.

  • Character Analysis of Nwoye in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    A 3 page paper which discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Nwoye in 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe. This character's strengths lie in his ability to look beyond the traditional and accepted. He looks outside of that tradition to see another faith. But, herein also lies some of his weakness for he is, in many ways, running from what frightens him about his own culture. No additional sources cited.

  • Imperialism and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    A 4 page paper that examines the manner in which African author Chinua Achebe challenges traditional ideas of imperialism in his novel entitled Things Fall Apart. A short synopsis of the novel's plot is included, with particular emphasis placed on the sections in which Achebe emphasizes the uneven trade of time honored tradition for Western cultural imperialism. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Family and Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    This paper examines Chinua Achebe's book Things Fall Apart and discusses the relationship of the main character, Okonkwo, and his concept of family and tribe. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Downfall of Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    An 8 page research paper that focuses on the character of Okonkwo in Chinus Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart. The writer examines how much of Okonkwo's downfall is due to his own character and how this relates to Igbo society in general. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • African Writers V.Y. Mudimbe, Sembene Ousmane, and Mariana Ba Compared

    A 1 page discussion that briefly examines three contemporary African writers. The writer argues that the perspective offered by Mariana Ba in So Long the Letter and also Sembene Ousmane in God's Bits of Wood differs from that of V.Y. Mudimbe in The Rift. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Derek Walcott, Chinua Achebe, and Non Native Writers Use of English

    A 6 page research paper and analysis of the use of English by Chinua Achebe in 'Things Fall Apart,' and Derek Walcott in 'The Star-Apple Kingdom.' Both of these writers choose to express himself in the language of colonial oppression— English— rather then in a language native to his region. The writer explores why. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

 

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