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.…

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A short history of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s real secret garden

Upon its first publication in “The American Magazine” in 1910, readers first got to picture the garden at Misselthwaite Manor. A beautiful garden, a secret place locked away and left overgrown. Its description, however, is not solely based on Frances Hodges Burnett’s imagination: “The Secret Garden” was in fact inspired by a real garden, one the…

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Can’t repeat the past: on the Latin language and its unlikely revival

When you start learning a new language you picture yourself understanding that language, you learn how to interact with it and without a doubt you project yourself into a future where this new language gives access to new and exciting possibilities. But Latin looks backwards. And any learner of Latin is forced to look at…