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April 17, 2018
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The Female Romantic poets who used opium for its “tranquilising power”

Opium use by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is said to have inspired the fantastical Asiatic landscape in his epic poem Kubla Khan. Thomas De Quincy described his drug-induced visions in Confessions of an English Opium Eater.

March 28, 2018
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Indiskrete Fiktionen

Der Freiburger Germanist Johannes Franzen veröffentlicht seine Dissertation zum „Schlüsselroman“ Der Schlüsselroman bezeichnet eine als eher fragwürdig angesehene literarische Gattung: Er provoziert die Wiedererkennbarkeit realer Personen hinter scheinbar fiktiven Figuren. Daher kann er als Instrument des Ausplauderns intimer Details und … Continue reading

October 13, 2017
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Run-up to revolution: Early American history seen through the stage in Odai Johnson’s book ‘London in a Box’

The true cultural tipping point in the run-up to the American Revolution, writes University of Washington drama professor Odai Johnson in his new book, might not have been the Boston Tea Party, the British naval blockade or even the First … Continue reading

July 18, 2016
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Interview with fiction writer ‘Kathleen Maher’

Fiction writer Kathleen Maher, the oldest of five, grew up in a suburb of Chicago. She already authored two books, ‘Diary of a heretic’ and ‘Underground Nest’. It’s my pleasure today to talk to Kathleen on her books, specially about … Continue reading