Monday, 11 June 2018

JACK KEROUAC

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Here you can read about Jack Kerouac, a pioneer of the Beat Generation.  
His method was greatly influenced by the prolific explosion of Jazz, especially the Bebop genre established by Charlie Parker and others. Later, Kerouac included ideas he developed from his Buddhist studies. He often referred to his style as "spontaneous prose." Although his prose was spontaneous and supposedly without edits, he primarily wrote autobiographical novels based upon actual events from his life and the people with whom he interacted. An often overlooked literary influence on Kerouac was James Joyce, whose work he alluded to more than any other author. Kerouac had high esteem for Joyce and he often used Joyce's stream-of-consciousness technique. He admired Joyce's experimental use of language, as seen in his novel Visions of Cody, which uses an unconventional narrative as well as a multiplicity of authorial voices.
Here you can find a PDF presentation on this controversial  American novelist and his most famous book, On the Road.

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

AESTHETICISM AND DECADENCE

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The Aesthetic movement began in France with Théophile Gautier at the end of the 19th century. It was a reaction against the materialism and the strict moral code of the bourgeoisie during the Victorian Age. Read here.





Friday, 1 June 2018

Thursday, 31 May 2018

WALT WHITMAN

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American poet, essayist, and journalist Walt Whitman was born on 31 May 1819. His verse collection "Leaves of Grass" is a landmark in the history of American literature. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Read here.

“We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering ... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love ... these are what we stay alive for.”

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

VIRGINIA WOOLF - 5^C LINGUISTICO

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Embracing formal innovations like stream-of-consciousness and narrative fragmentationVirginia Woolf’s writing expanded the boundaries of modern fiction, reshaping our ideas about the ability of the novel to represent ordinary life and record swift, historical change. “Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall,” she advised, referring to her experimental prose capable of linking the apparently insignificant and immediate facts of daily life (shifts in mood, quotidian interactions, sensations, and judgements) to broader social events (war, patriarchy, technological developments, environmental transformations, and artistic renovations).
Read here.


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

EMILY DICKINSON

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American lyric poet Emily Dickinson died on 15 May 1886. She lived in seclusion and commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision. With Walt Whitman, she  is widely considered to be one of the two leading 19th-century American poets. Only 10 of Emily Dickinson’s nearly 1,800 poems are known to have been published in her lifetime. Devoted to private pursuits, she sent hundreds of poems to friends and correspondents while apparently keeping the greater number to herself.  Continue reading here.



Monday, 14 May 2018

THE MODERN AGE - THE LITERARY CONTEXT

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The Modernist age in English literature occupied the years from shortly after the beginning of the 20th century through roughly 1965. In broad terms, the period was marked by sudden and unexpected breaks with traditional ways of viewing and interacting with the world. Experimentation and individualism became virtues, whereas in the past they were often heartily discouraged. Modernism was set in motion, in one sense, through a series of cultural shocks.
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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018

GEORGE ORWELL'S 1984

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Here you can read an article about the circumstances surrounding the writing of the novel. 
Click here to read and listen to  "1984" audio-book.
Here you can find a detailed analysis of the novel.


Monday, 23 April 2018

HAMLET - 4^C LINGUISTICO

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Here you can find my previous post on this tragedy which involves political intrigue and madness, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic intensity and wild humour.
Hamlet is considered the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.

Sunday, 1 April 2018