ORAL NARRATIVE TECHNIQUES IN SELECTED CHILDREN’S NARRATIVES BY AKACHI

Published: JUNE 2021

Author(s):

AGOFURE, JOYCE,1 & JOSHUA, JOSEPHINE2

About Author(s):

1Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

2Adamawa State College of Education, Hong.

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Abstract

The study adopts the Formalist literary theory as its tool of analysis with the aim to investigate the effects of the supernatural, the magical, the talking animals and journey quest as fundamental elements of narrative techniques in Adimora-Ezeigbo’s The Adventure of Anum the Tortoise (2006), Whisker the Brave Cat (2005), Snake Child and Star Baby (2005), Ezezemale and the Tree Spirits (2006), and Red One and the Wizard of Mula (2005). The work also adopts the qualitative research methodology in which non-statistical mode of data collection and analysis is applied. The study analyses elements of oral narrative techniques deployed in Adimora-Ezeigbo’s children’s narratives to achieve thematic, didactic, structural, and aesthetic purpose(s), not only in Nigerian children’s narratives but also in all other forms of literary works. Thus, the study finds that the supernatural, magical, talking animals and journey quest are oral narrative techniques deployed in examined texts.

Key words: Orature, Oral Narrative Techniques, Children’s Literature