basque

Basque literature in focus

It is always interesting to investigate the links between the supported political independence and the cultural identity of a region: in the case of the Basque country, culture is a big part of what serves the cause for independence on many fronts. First and foremost, the Basque country has a language of its own: the unified Basque language…

italiano

The Italian language vs. foreign influences: history, tradition and… issues

The choice of the Italian Fascist government to impose the Italian language over any other foreign influence in the 1930s had more than one reason: it was aimed at stopping the power of other European states such as France, Germany or Britain, from somewhat conquering Italy with the charm of their own languages, but also…

Canada

On Canadian literature and its survival complex

When Canadian author Margaret Atwood first published her study “Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature” in 1972, it drew a lot of attention. A research aimed at a non-academic audience, it highlighted a few basic elements in Canadian literature, also posing the question on the identity or (supposedly) the existence of a Canadian literature.…