Category Archives: Cities of Literature

At the Crossroads

Last time out (far too long ago), we took a look at the University of Heidelberg, one of the oldest in Europe and indeed the world, and at its long and turbulent history.  This time, a quick post with a … Continue reading

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Cities of Literature: Heidelberg

Time to look at another City of Literature!  And for this one, we travel to the soutwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, and to the city of Heidelberg (pop. 160,000).  Heidelberg lies not far from Germany’s border with France, and occupies the … Continue reading

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Crusoes of Canada

Last time, we explored the notion that there is in fact a body of Sagas of Peterborians, analogous to those composed by the early settlers of Iceland a thousand and more years ago.  This time, I want to take a … Continue reading

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The Peterborian Saga-ists

We recently talked a bit about the early “Sagas of Icelanders,” and I suggested then that we might find echoes of the genre in early Peterborian writings as well.  Time to investigate that idea a bit more closely.  Can we … Continue reading

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Cities of Literature: Reykjavík

The word “saga” comes to us from Old Norse, and it at first simply meant “a story.”  It is related to English words like the verb “to say,” and “sage” (“sage” as in a wise person, not “sage” as in … Continue reading

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A Taste of What is to Come

We are just a couple of days from the next look at a City of Literature!  And here is a sneak preview, from which cunning readers will be able to deduce which city will be coming under our gaze: Úlfr … Continue reading

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Isabella Valancy Crawford

Last time, we took a quick look at Barcelona as a City of Literature, and in particular at Catalan poet Maria Mercè Marçal.  In this post, as usual, we switch back to Peterborough and its literary heritage.  And in particular we … Continue reading

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