Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (GJAHSS)

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Is Ideology an Enemy of the Text of the Arab Woman Writer? Or Is It Just a Mold of Rock That Clips Her Wings and Altercates with The Taboos? (Published)

The novel’s mission is to introduce public reality and break down taboos. The novel is a kind of art, and art is an uninterrupted yearning for beauty and thus other values, whether a historical value, cause-bearing speech, or taboo altercation. They are all present in the writer’s mind at the time of writing, a condition that does not overshadow the aesthetic artistic goal that has priority in writing novels in my opinion. Any perception of literature, however extreme it may be to move away from ideology, or to declare its denial and opposition to its concepts, involves whether or not it wants to respond, a clear ideological dimension. Literature is a discourse that develops on this ground, involves it, and exercises its activity on. It is an ideologically saturated discourse to which values and relationships come after they have been popularized by relations of social, moral and political forces. It is therefore the function of criticism to reveal these implicit dimensions, and to learn about the ideology of the texts that it addresses. It is a function that is not connected only to exposing the ideology of texts, but also to identifying the transformations that have taken place throughout the history of modern literature.

Keywords: Discourse, Ideology, Literature, Taboo, linguistic system, stylistic texture

Of print and scholarship: deconstructing the literature on printmaking in contemporary Nigerian art (Published)

Printmaking has long been in use, especially among indigenous art practitioners in Nigeria, it is also very popular among contemporary Nigerian artists who use it as a medium of aesthetic expression. The foundation for scholarship on printmaking was laid by notable scholars; however, writing from their cultural context, a sizable number of these scholars follow the perspectives that confined contemporary printmaking to the Western world and Asian countries. Considering the prolific production of printmaking in Nigeria, this study deconstructs the literature to understand the state of scholarship on printmaking, especially in contemporary Nigerian art. Data collected from published journal articles, books, exhibition catalogues, and Internet sources were subjected to critical analysis. The study concludes that printmaking in Nigeria is so unique that it would continue to attract the attention of art enthusiasts around the globe; hence, it deserves more attention from African art historical scholars.

Citation: Eyitayo Tolulope Ijisakin  (2022) Of print and scholarship: deconstructing the literature on printmaking in contemporary Nigerian art, Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.10, No.9, pp.44-59

Keywords: Bruce Onobrakpeya, Engraving, Intaglio, Literature, Nigerian art, print, printmaking

Tagore – Born Romantic – In the Eyes of the Psychologist (Published)

Romantics are as much made as born, It was echoed in Tagore’s voice, ‘ I am a born romantic ‘ . But they can not be assessed solely in psychological terms and they need the right environment …. ‘As for the right environment – it seems to have been an unfavorable one’. (Clarke, 1962). Indeed the earlier stressful life-events worked as a set, which sometimes released or directed the poet’s creative energies. It is on record that events in Tagore’s life have provided him and stimulated him with an urge for creation.Methodology was followed by content and dynamic analysis In the present phase, the life event stress occurring during the year immediately previous to the composition of the poem under study has been studied . The version of life-event scale entitled as ‘An Anglo-American comparison of the scaling of life-events’ was used in case of Western Poets where as ‘Bengali Version’ adapted by Sarkar, S (1990) was used in case of eastern poets.  Tagore has shown the free and unfettered expression of personality, ‘selfless creativity’ through his creation. The poet has explored the area of darkness which Jung has called ‘shadow’.  There is a constant struggle in human psyche between light and darkness, dynamically between superego and id. Enlightenment rose suddenly and spontaneously not from above but came up from darkness. As in Indian philosophy, Yajnavalka has said, when visible lights are extinguished, one find the ‘light of self’.

Keywords: Content and Dynamic Analysis, Literature, Psychology, Rabindranath Tagore

The Journey as Structural and Instrumental Technique in Nigerian Children’s Fiction (Published)

One unique feature of Nigerian children’s literature is the exploitation of the framework of journey to establish the relationship between the physical journey and the journey of life. Thus, the major characters in most books for children are always on a journey. This is very significant, as it helps the child brave up for the unpredictability of life, especially at this time when his mind is still impressionistic. Through textual analysis of select Nigerian children’s fiction, this paper reveals that the journey as used in these children’s books does not only serve structural purposes but also didactic and instructional.

Keywords: Fiction, Journey, Life, Literature, Nigeria, Relationship, children

Representations Of Nature in J. P. Clark’s “Night Rain”: An Eco-Critical Study (Published)

One significant beauty of literature is the openness of this academic discipline. It permits sensible endless debate on issues with a view to reconciling them and to bring out the best from the divided opinions for ultimate use of the most enduring and outstanding perspective from among many. Even before now that world has turned a global village; the geography of our existence allows us to tell our stories because man is heavily connected to his environment. Our culture and all our material creations including literature are therefore reflections of our ecological existence. This paper examines J. P. Clark’s “Night Rain” as a product of the relationship between literature and the environment, and the representation of nature, which make up the environment in a literary work. With the application of Eco-criticism as our theoretical framework, the paper concludes that our lives are not meaningful except they are situated in the cultural context of our environment. Hence, the study and understanding of culture in relation to the environment through literature will help us in solving the challenges of the 21st century.

Keywords: Culture, Eco-criticism, Environment, Literature, Nature, Representation.

Satire As Typified In Ramonu Sanusi’s Le Bistouri Des Larmes (Published)

Literature is an essential weapon for socio-political, cultural and economic struggles among other things. This art called literature is a source of dialogue, debate, exchange and innovation. A form of creativity which allows transfer of culture and knowledge that are useful for coping with societal challenges In other words, it paints life with a view to share human experiences, feelings, imaginations, observations, findings, predictions and suggestions for practical realities. In this paper, we attempt to examine “Satire as exemplified in Ramonu Sanusi’s Le Bistouri des larmes.”The purpose is to enhance the decoding/understanding of African Literature of French expression. Our review is premised on sociological approach, which holds that literature and other forms of creative arts should be examined in the cultural, economic and political context in which they are written, produced or received. This literary theory explores the connections/relationships between the artist/writer and his or her society. To better understand a writer’s literarywork(s), it may probe into the writer’s society as well as studying how societal elements are represented in the literature itself since it is believed that literature has certain functions to perform in contributing to the development of human societies through moral or behaviour re-orientation. The paper concludes that satire is an essential mechanism in the hands of many African writers to achieve their motives.

Keywords: Creativity, Fiction, Literature, Non-Fiction, Satire, Social Transformation, Society

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