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Written echoes of a lost Empire: Italian Literature and Imperialism

The word “Imperialism” is often (almost always) used in reference to the largest, most known Empire of recent times: the British Empire. It’s equally easy to connect the terms “British Empire” to the authors and novels of English literature which supported, described or simply mirrored a particular time in history. Few know or even approach…

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Not so grey: Josep Pla and his colourful Catalan inspiration

A long-standing tradition lasting more than 8 centuries, Catalan literature mirrors the political status of Catalonia and its relationship with Spain: according to how history treated this land, Catalan literature either blossomed or suffered badly. For instance, the golden age of Catalan literature was brought to an end in the moment Spain sought after a…

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Three 18th century women writers and their legacy

Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood and Aphra Behn. Women writers of the 18th Century, neglected, forgotten, or misunderstood. As poet Rev. James Sterling would call them, “the Fair Triumvirate of Wit” contributed in creating a triad of women with something to say, whether it was reported as irony or drama. The most popular of them, Aphra Behn,…