Charles Edonmi


Can the Writer Right?: The Social Obligations of the Literary Artist


The king has soldiers to enforce his orders, and prisons for their infractions; the pontiff has a captive congregation by the “divine sanction” behind his words. But the writer has no such far-ranging temporal and spiritual powers. He can only reach the willing reader through the private antennae of his consciousness. What about the unwilling reader who may never see the brightening paths across the writer’s universe of vision? Or the thirsty wayfarer blind to the well right under his feet? Can the writer really right? This paper, using aspects of de Beaugrande’s standards of textuality (1981), considers the literary artist and his social obligations.


Born in August 5, 1964, Charles Edonmi holds a PhD in Text Linguistics of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is presently an Associate Professor of English Language at Babcock University. He is well-known for his works in Discourse Analysis, Text Linguistics and Literary Stylistics. He has contributed scholarly articles to both local and international journals. He taught Applied English Linguistics and Creative Writing at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He was Head, Languages & Literary Studies Department, Babcock University. His faith in the power of art to emancipate is reflected in his creative works. He won the Okigbo poetry competition in 1995 and the Association of Nigerian Author’s poetry prize in 1996. Charles Edonmi was a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Linguistics, University of South Africa, Pretoria in 2006. He is happily married with children.