Wednesday, 28 June 2017

THE ULTIMATE SAFARI


Here you can read this touching short story  by South African writer Nadine Gordimer.

Most of her work is about the exploitation of black people from  white people. “There is one thing I am sure of: racism is wrong”. She did her duty as a citizen. Denouncing apartheid in her books was one of them, along with letting the world know of the ruinous consequences of the racial discrimination of system to the lives of people. In 1991 she was rewarded with the Nobel Prize for having pointed the finger at apartheid for fifty years.
  

Friday, 23 June 2017

II PROVA SCRITTA ESAMI DI STATO

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Yesterday my students of  5^C and 5^D  Liceo Linguistico  took an English test on the day of their II Prova Scritta.
It included a text analysis and a composition, but they could choose among four different articles. All of them were rather thought-provoking and somewhat difficult.
You can download them here.


Friday, 16 June 2017

BLOOMSDAY

A journey through James Joyce’s Dublin

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulyssesset on 16 June 1904, are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin.  
James Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora BarnacleThe name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses.
Let's take a journey through James Joyce's Dublin and the events of Bloomsday here.




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Monday, 12 June 2017

FEVER PITCH

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Read Nick Hornby's autobiographical essay here.
It is the story of the author's relationship with football and with Arsenal Football Club, above all. It is composed of several chapters in chronological order, from the time the author first became a football fan as a child until his early thirties. Each chapter is about a particular football match that he remembers watching, most but not all at Highbury Stadium, and how it related to the events that were going on with his personal life at the time. As well as relating Arsenal's highs and lows, Nick Hornby talks about other football clubs that played in London.
You can find a detailed analysis of the book here.

Friday, 9 June 2017

DANIEL DEFOE'S ROBINSON CRUSOE

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From Shakespeare’s The Tempest  to the film  Cast Away,  starring Tom Hanks, and  the TV series Lost, life on a desert island has always served as an inspiration for writers.

Numerous stories of real life stranded sailors provided inspiration for the most famous castaway of them all, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.

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Robinson Crusoe was a bestseller in 1719, the year it was published.  Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is a fictional autobiography of the title character (whose real name is Robinson Kreutznaer),  a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. 
The story was based on the real-life experiences of  Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on a Pacific island called "Más a Tierra", now part of Chile, which was renamed Robinson Crusoe Island in 1966.

Defoe’s focus on the conditions of everyday life and avoidance of the courtly and the heroic made him a revolutionary in English literature and helped define the new genre of the novel. Stylistically, Defoe was a great innovator. He  rejected  the ornate style associated with the upper classes  and  used the simple, direct, fact-based style of the middle classes, which became the new standard for the English novel.
With Robinson Crusoe’s theme of solitary human existence, Defoe paved the way for the central modern theme of alienation and isolation.

Here  you can download a PDF Presentation to widen your knowledge of the first real novel in English literature! 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

JUNE

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"The summer morn is bright and fresh,
the birds are darting by
As if they loved to breast the breeze 
that sweeps the cool clear sky."
William C. Bryant