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oa Alternation - Introduction

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757

 

Abstract

Using the notion of 'face' from politeness theory in ethnomethodology which has its equivalent in the co-operative principle in pragmatics - Douglas Killam provides a critical analysis of Chinua Achebe's No Longer At Ease in the context of the historical event of the independence of Nigeria. Recognising that Eliot's poetry and prose writing during Achebe' s degree years at the University College Ibadan must have influenced Achebe and capitalising on Roger Sell's exposition and use of politeness theory in reading Eliot, Killam explores the effect of this novel as it focuses readers on questions of society and humanity through a process of offending considerations of communal expectation. He concludes, stating that these concepts do not only importantly contribute to contemporary critical discourse and cross-cultural understanding of literature but also provide opportunities for the understanding of the socio-cultural situatedness of human action and interaction in both fiction and real-life intercourse.

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1995-01-01
2019-10-16

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