Criticism

Two Women Characters of Dickens: Cold, Bitter, Narcissistic Mother Images – VI

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Spread the love15          15SharesMiss Havisham has much in common with Mrs. Joe, including a cold heart, blinding self-preoccupation, and a need for omnipotent control. They represent similar images of a narcissistic mother, brooding, hypochondriacal, and inattentive to the child’s needs. Both women are furious with men, whom they regard as weak, ineffective, and, in Miss Havisham’s […]


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Was Dickens Convinced that his Father had Failed him, Despite Loving Him? – V

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Spread the love           Through Joe, Dickens indicts yet finally exonerates his ineffective father. Pip is incredulous that Joe views his wife as a “master-mind”, a judgment that invests her with additional power and rationalises his own passivity. Joe’s abandonment of Pip is less conspicuous than De Lacey’s desertion of the Frankenstein Creature, but both failures are […]


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Growing Up in Wilderness: African Stories of Doris Lessing

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Spread the love           Doris Lessing was born to British parents, Alfred Taylor and Maud Me Veigh, in 1919. After the First World War, her father migrated to Africa and purchased three thousand acres of land to do farming. Her parents, her isolated and lonely childhood influenced not only the themes in her fiction but also shaped […]


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Black Women Celebrate Africanness: Identity, Rights, Culture and Gender Assertion

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Spread the love           The cultural values of the ancient Africanness handed over to their children by Black mothers, even when values disappeared in history and ideas turned moribund through generations of slavery and oppression, with minimum identity of diasporic narration. Fragmented families, rootlessness, broken tie of families, victimised by slave trade and later slavery are the […]


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Notes on Translating Poems of Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino into English

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Spread the love           Every language has its own qualities, not only in the poetic or linguistic sense, but also in the manner in which through the uniqueness of that language, the speakers of the language interpret its history and express their reality. In translating a poet like Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino, one has to be aware […]


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The Music of Dionysus in Adaptation by Soyinka of the Bacchae and Mukta-dhara by Tagore

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Spread the love           Tirthankar’s interesting research paper focusses on Soyinka’s adaptation of The Bacchae of Euripides and seeks to reread this play alongside Mukta-dhara (‘Free Current’) by Tagore. The author of the famous poem on Africa in Bengali, in which the Indian poet resents the colonial oppression of the African people, Tagore did not live to […]


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Do the Lions Have Their Own Storytellers?

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Spread the love           Arindam, our Editor-in-Chief, talks about the ownership of the narrative of Africa, by its people, using the ‘lion’ metaphor, by Chinua Achebe. He tells us how he discovered Africa within him, during his formative years. Four insightful edits by the Africa Special Issue editors, Michele Baron, Luz María López, Olaitan Maryam Mojisola, and Swati […]


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Charles Dickens Depicts the Outrage of Child Abuse and its Vicious Circle – IV

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Spread the love           On the basis of his admissions and family dynamics, Joe is implicated in his wife’s sadistic treatment of Pip. An abused child, he seems to have chosen a spouse who resembles his abusive father. Unable to defend himself from a battering father, Joe prefers not to defend Pip from a battering stepmother. From […]


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Genghis Khan: Lessons in Leadership

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Spread the love           The writer of the book, Genghis Khan, Sutapa, tells us about her book. Her scholarship and research makes it a must read for one and all. Here’s her critique of her work, in Different Truths. The world knows Genghis Khan as a tyrannical despot, annihilator of entire nations, barbaric slaughterer of millions. To […]


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Jernail S. Anand is a Poet of Epic Sensibilities

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Spread the love           The poet here tries to analyse the reasons for the decay and degeneration of a modern man. He goes on describing how prophets have come and gone and no perceptible light is seen. Towards the end of the poem, the poet laments for the sign of no restoration of ‘order and harmony’. Canto […]


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