Periscope of Stylistic Properties in Ramonu Sanusi’s Un Nègre a violé une Blonde à Dallas

Sikiru Adeyemi Ogundokun


Majority of previous studies, if not all, either take side with the language facet of a work of art or centre on the message of such a literary work for their analysis. The fact that most literary creations are premised on actual realities and power of imagination of individual writer can indeed stand the test of time. This study examines how the author’s use of language has helped in shaping his intended meaning. In other words, we investigate how a writer’s style affects his message. The “French Explication de texte” is adopted as our methodology while a combination of stylistic theories, an eclectic approach is used for the study. The writer’s use of linguistic features and linguistic devices such as figures of speech, allusion, proverbs, transliteration, iconicity, dialogue, dialect, idiolect, code-mixing and code switching provide sufficient tools to fill our quest for the study. The research concludes that an understanding of a writer’s style paves the way for a better digestion, internalisation, evaluation, appreciation and application of his ideological stance.


language, message, situational context, figures of speech, dialogue, allusion, iconicity.

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