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.…

1913

1913: defining the year before the war with literature

If you type “1913” in search engines and specifically looking for books, you will find that two major books have been dedicated to this topic: the year 1913. One of them is “1913: The World before the Great War” by Charles Emmerson and the other one is “1913: The Year Before the Storm: The Summer…

realism

The Zhdanovian novel – a literary rule for the masses

When do we define a novel as ‘zhdanovian‘? Is this term related to Russian-only contexts? The answer would be no. In fact, despite being known for outlining the theories of cultural developments of the USSR, Andrej Aleksandrovich Zhdanov had a wider influence as a result of these theories becoming policies regarding literature and culture in the…