Representations of the Postcolonial State in the Childhood Metaphor in Selected Postcolonial Texts
Odour, Tony Laban
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Chapter One, titled On the Background, tracks the origins of the pathway of this study. In so doing, it provides a response to the first research objective and question on how childhood is an analytic concept in Beneath the Lion's Gaze, The God of Small Things, and Nervous Conditions as postcolonial literary texts. This is carried out in the preliminary information about this inquiry. Consequently, this chapter then proceeds to the construction of the conceptual framework. Through the conceptual framework there is an illustration of how childhood is used as a metaphor in the postcolony. Chapter Two is titled Conceptual Framework and the Literature Review. It arose out of the need to have a detailed review of literature that touches on the key elements of this study; postcoloniality, childhood and metaphor. As well it contains a literature review on the selected literary texts. It is centred on the literature review and the methodology employed in this research. The information derived from the literature review is then utilised in propping up the conceptual framework further. It also contains the limitations and scope of this inquiry. Chapter Three offers an analysis of the post-colony with recourse to the effect of childhood in the representation of the postcolonial state. Specific attention is paid in establishing to what consequence childhood has been engaged as a metaphor in Beneath the Lion's Gaze, The God of Small Things, and Nervous Conditions. The chapter also qualifies further the pericolonial condition of Ethiopia within postcoloniality. In addition, the chapter has a section which deals with the (in)effectiveness of the metaphor of childhood in representation of the postcolonial state. Chapter Four, Dialectics of GlobaJisation and Postcoloniality, offers an analysis of the metaphor of childhood as a representation of the postcolonial state with recourse to the effect of childhood in the representation of the postcolonial state. It interrogates the dialectics of postcoloniality in global interactions while exercising the metaphor of childhood with respect to the selected literary texts. This Chapter also supplies further information on the (in)effectivess of the childhood metaphor as a representation of the postcolonial state. As well, the consequence of childhood as a metaphor in representation of postcoloniality is scrutinised. Chapter Five is Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations. It is a concluding section which recapitulates the findings of this research. The Chapter is a general wrap-up of the various arguments advanced in this thesis. It also suggests proposals for further studies.