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…

austen

Jane Austen and the prequel-sequel-parody ideas

This Christmas, BBC One will broadcast a television adaptation to the best-selling book “Death Comes to Pemberley“. The novel, a mash-up sequel to Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice“, was released in 2011 and was penned by Oxford born crime author Phyllis Dorothy James, best known as P.D. James. In the wake of these recent news, we…

war

What women wrote: the forgotten voices of World War I

When dealing with the subject of World War I and related literature, most will remember Rupert Brooke’s poignant poems as well as those that the history of English literature has hailed as representative of that day and age. However, many other poets and novelists wrote about and during the Great War and the deep impact…

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…

digital

Sociological theories and zeitgeist: will there be a new generation of silence?

Sociological topics are a tricky business when it comes to describing our current generation or social features around us. Why? We are still being deeply affected from whatever defines our generations, and yet we can clearly draw a sketch of the way we used to live decades ago. Wherease it is easier for us to…