EXPOSING THE DYNAMISM AND INNOVATION OF LITERATURE VIA A DIACHRONIC APPRAISAL OF THE THEMATIC CONCERNS OF SOME AFRICAN PROSE-FICTION WRITERS

Authors

  • ADELOWO, ABIMBOLA DAPO English Department, School of Languages, Oyo State College of Education, Lanlate, Oyo State.

Abstract

African writers are purposeful, thoughtful and philosophical. They don’t just write or sing to perform; they carry out their acts for specific and definite purposes. The first and second generation writers in Africa believed they have a duty for their climes and so they involved their arts either to extol or celebrate their Africaness, to combat their colonizers and inform them that Africa has a culture she can be proud of. They also write to exhibit their disenchantment and disappointment in the African leaders who performed and are still performing more worrisomely long after the colonizers had left the shores of Africa. This paper, therefore, is set to carry out a diachronic appraisal of the thematic concerns of a number of African (Pedantic) prose-fiction writers. For the pre-colonial era, Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-wine Drinkard (1952) was selected for analysis. For the colonial, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) was selected for scrutiny while for post-colonial writings, Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968) was also examined as the representative of writers’ critical mind of that era. After a careful analysis, the paper found out and concluded that in the novel analyzed for the pre-colonial period, African writers only extol, praise and exhibit African beauty and her comeliness. Writers in that era also wrote to exhibit African believes in general. In the novel (work) which was critically reviewed for the colonial period, writers write to show-case culture conflicts and clash of interests and lastly in the post-colonial period, African writers wrote and are still writing to exhibit their lack of expectation in the African self-rule, that is worse than when the white man was here.

Keywords:

Dynamism, Innovation, Diachronic, Appraisal, Thematic Concerns, African Prose-Friction

Published

30-04-2024

How to Cite

ADELOWO, ABIMBOLA DAPO. (2024). EXPOSING THE DYNAMISM AND INNOVATION OF LITERATURE VIA A DIACHRONIC APPRAISAL OF THE THEMATIC CONCERNS OF SOME AFRICAN PROSE-FICTION WRITERS. International Journal of Humanities, Literature and Art Research, 4(6). Retrieved from https://mediterraneanpublications.com/mejhlar/article/view/385