Ode to the West Wind, written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, is considered as a masterpiece in the English literature, even in the whole culture. This paper appreciates this poem mainly from two aspects--metrical analysis and rhetorical devices. The purpose is to explore the deep meaning behind the words and help us understand this poem better.
REVIEW ARTICLE | Feb. 24, 2022
A Study of Female Anti-Stereotype Discourse from the Perspective of Gender Construction — Take Mrs Thatcher’s Speeches as an Example
Tian Dong, Jiaqi Cheng
Page no 46-50
In order to reveal how female figures with power construct their social identity through discourse, this paper analyzes the discourse pattern of female anti-stereotype in Mrs. Thatcher’s two speeches through data statistics from the theoretical perspective of gender construction. It is concluded that the anti-stereotype discourse pattern still reflects the social construction with male discourse as the power center, and the phenomenon of gender discrimination still exists.
REVIEW ARTICLE | Feb. 24, 2022
Aesthetics of Protest in Black American Literature: A Study of June Jordan’s Directed by Desires and Richard Wright's Native Son
Emeka Ikechi, Ayebanoa Timibofa, Otuare Theophilus Kika
Page no 51-57
The introduction of jazz and blues in the United States of America influenced the works of Afro American writers both in content and form. These jazz and blues musical songs were used as mediums to protest against racism, class, gender and other inhuman practices meted on the blacks in the United States. Although these songs were not formally written, they became a source of inspiration for writers afterwards in terms of themes and style. The later writers who changed to formal literature borrowed from the themes and styles of these jazz and blues musicians. This paper is signicant because it has examined the thematic preoccupation of June Jordan’ Directed by Desires and Richard Wright's novel, Native Son. Findings show that both writers were thematically and stylistically influenced by the jazz and blues era of art in Af ro American Literature. Data for this essay was collected via qualitative research methodology, while the postcolonial theory was adopted for analysis. The paper submits that themes of racism, class, gender and protest were features of the jazz and blues era which later writers modelled their works after.
ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE | Feb. 26, 2022
A Review of the Research on Discourse System with Chinese Characteristics Based on the Content Analysis Method
Yan Chu, Peiqi Sun
Page no 58-67
Nowadays, the construction of discourse system with Chinese characteristics is an important part of the comprehensive promotion of Chinese Characteristic Major-country Diplomacy. It is also an important way to shape a true, three-dimensional and comprehensive image of China and to coordinate the domestic and international situations. As our country pays more and more attention to building a national discourse system, discourse system with Chinese characteristics has gradually become a topic of eager attention by the majority of scholars. Using the content analysis method, this article analyzes the number, quality, hot spots, discipline distribution, author distribution and fund distribution of articles on discourse system with Chinese characteristics published in Peking University core journals and CSSCI journals of CNKI from 2011 to 2021, in order to reflect the research status and development trend of discourse system with Chinese characteristics in recent ten years, and to provide a reference for the study of discourse system with Chinese characteristics in the future. The results show that: (1) The research on discourse system with Chinese characteristics is highly valued by our country and scholars from all walks of life, and the research prospect is considerable. (2) The current research hotspots are mainly concentrated on the discourse system, socialism with Chinese characteristics, philosophy and social sciences with Chinese characteristics, and academic discourse systems, etc. (3) The discipline distribution of the research on discourse system with Chinese characteristics is mainly concentrated in multi-disciplinary fields such as Chinese politics and international politics, social science theories and methods, higher education, news and media, showing the potential of extensive integration of discourse system with Chinese characteristics research with other disciplines. (4) The country attaches great importance to the research on discourse system with Chinese characteristics, but the local support is insufficient. (5) The amount of research on discourse system with Chinese characteristics is considerable, but the quality is not good enough. The depth and breadth of the research on discourse system with Chinese characteristics need to be further expanded.
REVIEW ARTICLE | Feb. 27, 2022
From General English to General Academic English：Challenges and Strategies for College English Teachers in China
Page no 68-71
With the popularity of international communication and cooperation, the transformation from general English to general academic English has become an inevitable trend in college English teaching in China. The transformation poses challenges for college English teachers, including the lack of interdisciplinary knowledge, limited general academic English teaching ability and evaluation ability. Accordingly, various measures can be taken to deal with the challenges, such as expanding the interdisciplinary knowledge, establishing the teaching community and reforming the evaluation means. These strategies are intended to construct the harmonious education ecology in college to promote the transformation and development of college English teachers.
REVIEW ARTICLE | Feb. 28, 2022
The Writer and Society: A Literary Study of Balaraba Ramat Yakubu’s Reflections on Hausa Society
Abdulbasir Ahmad Atuwo
Page no 72-76
Styles were used by different authors to ensure a proper channeling of messages from their novels to the targeted readers. Balaraba Ramat Yakubu who is among the few reputable Hausa women authors combined the position of mother, elder, leader, and responsible married woman. At the time she strived hard to acquire what can sustain her family and relatives she wrote many Hausa fiction books in which she depicted her wisdom and opinions in exposing the need to have a decent society base on her life experience, a society that respects women dignity, display honesty, discipline and promote a violent free society and encourage respect for one another. Balaraba Ramat Yakubu has tried to symbolize some of these issues in her books as her contribution towards sustaining responsible society in Nigeria, Africa, or the world at large. Styles as used by authors is a toolbox in the manipulation of their talents to expose their mission in their works. Balaraba Ramat used her styles to display her opinions on how different dimensions of our lives should be. This paper analyzes how Balaraba Ramat Yakubu addressed some of these issues and analyzes them. The paper used her Hausa novels and the academic works done on them and other things related to her. The paper, however, makes contact with both primary and secondary sources for further justifications. It however concludes with the findings that in Hausa society, men remain behind their wives in whatever they do to earn their lively hood as long as their strives do not contradict Islam and Hausa culture. Again going by the power of the pen, the paper also encourages writers especially women to use their pen as their powerful weapon to fight all forms of insurgency which rendered hundreds of thousands of women and children victims of circumstances in many African countries.