This book brings together the seminal contributions of scholars interested in the study of language, literature and style in Africa. It marks a response to the longstanding neglect of stylistic analysis of canonical and emergent fictional and non-fictional African prose and discourse. As a reaction to this neglect of African literary artefacts, the book provides a welcome and timely deviation from the norm. The contributions to this volume include discussions that are both analytical and theoretical; analyses of style at the levels of lexis and semantics; newer and more innovative analyses that highlight the relationship between style, pedagogy and technology-mediated discourse; and a final discussion that provides an appropriate background against which issues related to language, literature and style can be understood. In terms of the volume's representation of diverse geographical contexts, the papers included here bridge the North-South divide in Africa, and there are contributions from Libya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. As such, the book is an interesting collection of papers that illuminate the study of literary style in Africa and highlight the need for a greater revival of it on a larger scale.
About the Author
Arua E. Arua is Associate Professor of English at the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. His areas of research interest include applied linguistics, language and gender, literacy and reading, and literary stylistics. His publications have appeared in Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Women and Language and World Englishes, among others. He has co-edited a number of books, including Reading for All in Africa: Building Communities where Literacy Thrives, published by the International Reading Association in 2003. Taiwo Abioye holds a PhD degree in English from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Her academic background in interdisciplinary knowledge includes stylistics, applied linguistics, and English literacy. She is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria, and has been a University Lecturer for about 26 years. Kehinde Ayoola is Senior Lecturer in English and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His main areas of interest include discourse analysis, pragmatics and applied English linguistics. He is the editor of Papers in English and Linguistics (PEL), and has published in numerous reputable international journals, including English Today, Discourse Studies and Linguistik Online. He is also the co-editor of Blazing the Path: Fifty years of Things Fall Apart and Current Linguistic and Literary Issues in Digital Communication in the Globalised Age.