guyfawkes

In quintum Novembris: how Guy Fawkes inspired the literary world

Every year Britain “remembers, remembers the fifth of November“, as the old English verse chants. It is no wonder that more than 400 years after the facts took place, history and tradition of a very distant celebration are perceived in a different way as we adapt to time and tend, as a society, to modify the…

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…