Category Literature Courses

  • Literature-in-English 804: The Lion and the Jewel

    by Rextorial

    The Lion and the Jewel is a comedy set in the small remote village of Ilujinle. There are three central characters: Lakunle, an eager but naïve schoolteacher who accepts Western ideas and modernity without really understanding them; Baroka, the village chief, who sees modern ideas as a threat to his power; and Sidi, the jewel of the village, a beautiful woman who will choose one of the men for a husband. The characters are exaggerated: Lakunle is arrogant and talks too much, and Baroka is cunning, but they are ultimately likable. Unlike many of Soyinka’s later plays, there is no evil in this play, and the author pokes only gentle fun at his characters. In the end, the men will have to deal with each other. As Baroka says, “the old must flow into the new.”

  • Literature-in-English 803: Introduction to Prose

    by Rextorial
    3 Lessonsin

    There are eight elements of fiction: *Plot and Structure *Characterization *Theme *Setting *Point of View *Style Plot- The sequence of incidents or events through which an author constructs a story.  *The plot is not merely the action itself, but the way the author arranges the action toward a specific end (structure). Important elements of Plot: *Conflict- A clash of actions, ideas, desires, or wills Types of Conflict:  Person vs. Person, Person vs. Environment, Person vs. Self. *Protagonist- The central character in a conflict *Antagonist- Any force arranged against the protagonist- whether persons, things, conventions of society, or the protagonists own personality traits. *Suspense- The quality in a story that makes readers… Read More

  • Literature-in-English 802: Introduction to Poetry

    by Rextorial
    3 Lessonsin

    • Poetry - A type of writing that uses language to express imaginative and emotional qualities instead of or in addition to meaning. • Poetry may be written as individual poems or included in other written forms as in dramatic poetry, hymns, or song lyrics.

  • Literature-in-English 801: Introduction to Drama

    by Rextorial
    5 Lessonsin

    Drama is a unique and distinctive genre of literature. Drama definition is a narrative presented by actors/actors on a stage through dialogue/monologue and live-action. Usually, dramas are stories that are acted. Through the combination of performance, music, dance, props, etc; the audience is able to feel like a part of the action. This is what makes drama a unique genre of literature.