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Dr Kevin Amoke

Former Research Student


I am a PhD Candidate at DeLC, and currently have interest in prostitution and gender studies in African Literature.

Thesis Title

The Literary Economy of Prostitution in Contemporary African Novels

Current Research

My PhD research investigates the discourse of prostitution in contemporary African novels. I explore specifically the interface between literature and economics/the economy, and ask questions relating to economic exchanges among characters in a national/transnational context vis-à-vis the prostitution economy. Part of my aim is to examine literary prostitution as a mercantilist discourse and consider the implication of this in terms of the nature of the transaction/exchange, questions about value and identity, discourses relating to money and its metaphoric ambiences etc.

My research has always focused on African, especially Nigerian, literature; and I have a few publications on Achebe, Soyinka, Adichie etc.

Research Grants

My PhD is fully funded by a Lancaster University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Research Studentship.

Supervised By

Dr Charlotte Baker

Dr Amit Thakkar


Masters in Comparative Literature, University of Nigeria

Bachelor of Arts (English and Literary Studies), University of Nigeria

Career Details

I have taught both formally and informally since my graduation. I got a lectureship at the University of Nigeria in 2009, and have been engaged with academic and administrative duties since then. Beside teaching, grading students’ papers and project supervision, I have devoted immense time to student mentoring and numerous committee assignments. I also do occasional academic editing.

Current Teaching

Previous courses taught include:


  • ELS. 141: Introduction to Fiction (University of Nigeria, 2013-2015)
  • ELS. 111: Introduction to Oral Literature (University of Nigeria, 2009-2016)
  • ELS. 131: Introduction to Basic Literary Concepts (University of Nigeria, 2012-2016)
  • ELS 214: English Literature Survey: The Neo-Classical Period (University of Nigeria, 2013-2014)
  • ELS. 233: History of Dramatic Literature: Aeschylus to Shakespeare (University of Nigeria, 2009-2014)
  • ELS. 347: African Prose Narratives (University of Nigeria, 2009-2016)

Additional Information

Below are some of my publications:


1. The Symbolism of Evil in Wole Soyinka’s Tragedies. Saarbrucken: LAP LAMBERT Publishing, 2012.

Journal articles:

1. 'Repression and System-collapse in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun’, CALEL                 2014, pp 180-188. (Co-authored)

2. ‘Depth Semantics of Imagery in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple’, The Muse: A Journal of English &                 Literary Studies at Nsukka No. 41

3. ‘Class, Social Status and Power Relations in Death Proverbs of Nsukka Igbo’, Research on                       Humanities and Social Sciences, vol. 3, no. 2, 2013, pp. 146-152 (Co-authored).                                 http://www.iiste.org/Journals/index.php/RHSS/article/view/9574

4. ‘Proverb and Conflict Management in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart’, Working Papers 5th Issues, 2012,             pp. 246-265.

Contact me

E-mail: k.amoke@lancaster.ac.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)7467360131

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