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OkadaBooks and the Poetics of Uplift
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. Uppsala University. (Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)
2018 (English)In: English Studies in Africa, ISSN 0013-8398, E-ISSN 1943-8117, Vol. 61, no 2, p. 36-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article studies collections of inspirational poetry published on the Nigerian online platform and app, OkadaBooks. OkadaBooks lets users upload and access ebooks for free or at a low cost. Nigerian inspirational poetry can be seen as a hybrid poetic form that borrows from motivational speaking, self-help and religious pamphlet literature. The collections are marketed to readers as works of literature that through their literary qualities and poetic language can inspire the reader to create a better future for him- or herself. The main argument in the article is that the poetic and rhetorical devices that are used in this literature, which I propose to call the poetics of uplift, can be read as instrumental in the commodification of the text. The poets foreground the relevance and value of their texts through the different ways in which they promulgate a view of poetic language as having the power to change people's futures for the better. The article looks specifically at how poets use literary devices such as the use of the pronoun you' and the imperative grammatical mode to speak directly to the reader and further considers how these poems explicitly celebrate language and the very concept of poetry.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 61, no 2, p. 36-48
Keywords [en]
digital literature, Nigerian poetry, addressivity, commodification, motivational poetry
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Languages and Literature
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Humanities, English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79770DOI: 10.1080/00138398.2018.1540152ISI: 000452780500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85058319664OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79770DiVA, id: diva2:1281821
Available from: 2019-01-23 Created: 2019-01-23 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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