ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE | May 9, 2020
Thematization and Ideological Representations in Murder Stories in the Kenyan Dailies
Elizabeth Nafula Khaemba
Page no 139-145
Any form of language use is imbued with a particular meaning, purpose and ideological representation. As such, the order of Theme and Rheme and their organization in the clause as a message is not arbitrary or value free; it can be manipulated along with units of information, given and new, to achieve a rhetorical purpose and reflect a specific angle of telling a story (Halliday 2004). On the basis of the purposively sampled news stories on murders in Kenya from the year 2018 to 2019, the study qualitatively examines the efficacy of the Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG), as a theoretical tool in the analysis of ideology in four different newspaper in Kenya i.e the Daily Nation, the Standard, the Star and the Nairobian, in relation to the representation of murder stories. This study examines thematization in these newspapers. It hypothesizes that external forces have altered the main purpose of the media through the way news is written and organized; and that from a socio-linguistic point of view, the consequences of these forces are revealed within the textual features of texts. The findings indicate that that the order of theme and Rheme and their organization in the clause as a message are neither arbitrary nor value free. They can be manipulated along with the units of information to achieve a rhetorical purpose and reflect a specific angle of telling a story.
REVIEW ARTICLE | May 12, 2020
Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres: A Feminist Rebellion against Patriarchy
Dr. Ramesh Prasad Adhikary
Page no 146-154
This research article analyzes Jane Smiley's novel “A Thousand Acres”, as the voice of rebellion against male exploitation and oppression of females in patriarchal society. In this research, theories of feminism; particularly the theories of Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, Simon de Beauvoir, and Elaine Showalter are taken as the methodological tool to interpret the novel. The research presents the struggle of females and their attempt to release themselves from the clutches of patriarchal discrimination. In the novel, the head of the family, Larry Cook, keeps the daughters in restrictions also exploits and abuses them in all ways. In it, Ginny, the daughter, who loses patience, turns aside from supporting him; defeats him in the court case; abandons him and even her own husband; starts working in a restaurant in the city; and lives with the fully pleasant and satisfied life freely there. As a qualitative research, by collecting evidences from the text as data, the tool of feminism is used to analyze them to fulfill the objective of the research.
ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE | May 21, 2020
A Review of Grammatical Metaphor Research in China Based on the Content Analysis Method
Chu Yan, Chen Xiangling
Page no 155-159
The grammatical metaphor theory is an important part of Halliday's functional grammar. With the introduction of it, it has attracted more and more researchers' attention, and its research has continued to deepen. This article uses the content analysis method, taking the journal articles published in CSSCI with grammatical metaphor as the key words as the research object, to analyse the number of publications、keywords、research purposes、disciplinary distribution of these articles quantitatively and qualitatively. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the research hotspots and development trends of grammatical metaphor in order to provide reference for the application and development of grammatical metaphor research.
REVIEW ARTICLE | May 28, 2020
Analysis of Max Morden’s Identity Crisis and Self-construction in The Sea Based on Psychoanalytic Theory
Lei Guo, Zhen Ge
Page no 160-163
The Sea, one of the most representative works about identity crisis and self-construction, shows Max Morden’s absence of life and struggling in memory. Based on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Literature, this paper aims to study the main character Max Morden’s self-identity crisis and come up with feasible ways to solve the problem. By analyzing Max Morden’s identity crisis and self-construction in The Sea, it reveals the author John Banville’s thinking of value and the meaning of life. It will help people understand the self-identity crisis, its cause, and how to solve it in modern society.
REVIEW ARTICLE | May 30, 2020
Sherlock Holmes’ Ability of the Mind and its Timeless Appeal
Manal Abdullah Batobara, Aafreen Akbarali Sayed
Page no 164-170
Intellectuals, academicians, and critics alike do not miss the opportunity to tackle Sherlock Holmes’s proficiency as one-of-a-kind consulting detective created in the stories of the Scottish writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). A closer look into Doyle’s literary works points to the path of the author’s visionary outlook, in terms of Holmes’ philosophy and investigation methods, which this paper argues, resonate with the core technology of the modern era. Central to the theme surrounding the Holmesian doctrine, this research takes inspiration from the “ability of the mind” context with reference to the literary detective, Sherlock Holmes. The main objective is to elucidate that Holmes’ philosophy is not an outdated proposition. It is very much in circulation in modern investigation methods and applies to basic technological principles as well. Hence, its appeal is still relevant and connected to our lives today. In order to support the discourse and argument revolving Holmes’ philosophy, this paper adopts an analytical method that relies on contextual reference and textual inferences by comparing it with the contemporary narrative in terms of the emerging technology in today’s digital era. To provide Holmes’ worldwide fans with a deeper reading of his stories, this paper is not meant to present a thematic analysis of Doyle’s literary productions; rather it is a careful examination of Holmes’ mind. With a focus on Sherlock’s “ability of the mind,” the central hypothesis is approached by drawing analogies between his detective methods and the basic principles of computers and core technologies. In so doing, this research proves that Holmesian philosophy is still affecting a basic, yet forms a significant part of our lives in the twenty-first century.