Die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit des freien Falls

Summer is finally here: what better time for some reading breaks in the sun? For inspiration, The Glossa‘s German Editor Caroline Borowski reviews her favourite author’s final novel: Bilder deiner großen Liebe by Wolfgang Herrndorf: a perplexing, incomplete fragment that asks all the right questions about madness and happiness. Bilder deiner großen Liebe ist der Titel,…

Revolutionary Desire in ‘Le Mariage de Figaro’

One of France’s best loved plays is The Marriage of Figaro – praised for its comedic and romantic intrigue, as well as the crucial role it played in heralding the 1789 revolution. In this essay our French Content Editor, Sarah Jones, explores the politics of eighteenth-century drama through the character of Chérubin. Chérubin (left) hides behind Suzanne’s chair when the…

Le Classique, the Classic, der Klassiker?

The term classic is over, and often wrongly, used. Here, our French Content Editor Sarah Jones looks at what ‘classic’ really means when referring to literature, discussing a few of the common definitions and connotations which come with such a powerful word. Alexandre Cabanel’s classical painting, Phèdre (1880)   There is a fundamental problem with one of the most-used…