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Arabian Nights

The glorious fantasy and cultural endurance of the 1001 Nights are awash with translation, evolution and the constant shaping of societal perception. Across centuries, the tales have manifested through broad artistic strokes of majesty and imagination, invigorating the mind through exotic locales and alluring individuals. Circulated through literature and beyond, the layers that underline its existence continue to attract and inspire countless artists. They are a pillar of World Literature, a monument of translation and evidence of the long-lasting effects of cultural manipulation.

The ever-evolving nature and consistent relevance maintained by the Nights stands as the most fascinating aspect of…


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The importance of interculturality is promoting awareness of the attitudes, values and beliefs of different cultures in order to create a society that is compassionate, perceptive and righteous. It is a dynamic process that leads to a greater understanding of our place in the world and the shared humanity that is present across cultures. It can emerge through many forms but perhaps the greatest and most profound medium for interculturality is the art form of World Literature. …


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In this game from the first round of the World Cup of Literature, we have two countries of different cultures with their own unique attitudes, values and beliefs facing off against each other. From south-east Asia is the ethnically diverse and wildly populous country of India presenting Two Minutes by Ashokamitran. From another corner of the world in the Middle East is the tropical and conservative country of Kuwait, presenting Zoo Syndrome by Sadaa al-Dass. …


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Shakespeare’s plays have often been categorised into three types: comedy, tragedy and history. The structure of Twelfth Night, or What You Will seems like a comedy at first, but once you delve more into the narrative there is the revelation that it is also very much a tragedy. While the play expresses this blend of genres in an effective manner, the film adaptation by Trevor Nunn executes both the contrast and blend of these two wildly different genres in a far more impactful and thoughtful manner. …


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Art is a manifestation of the kind of special beauty that can be so rare to find in our everyday lives. It can exist in so many forms whether that be in the visual arts of cinema, the performing arts of music or perhaps most importantly, in literature. While novels and plays can cause us to question our beliefs, revel in the imagination and be consumed by a feeling so enticing, nothing can elicit such a powerful and emotional feeling like poetry. …


Over the past six months, I’ve read a number of books as part of the wider reading task set by my English teacher. Though I probably would have still done some reading nonetheless these past six months, having this wider reading task has helped greatly with giving me a compelling reason and incentive to read new books and explore new tales full of wonder and excitement.

The first book which I read this year was “Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Expanded Edition’’, a novelisation of the science fiction feature film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi’’ released back in December…


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Official Poster for Brazil (1985)

‘Brazil’, released in 1985, takes place in a totalitarian and fascist world where freedom is stripped away, and the government has taken control over society. Though filled with many futuristic elements, Gilliam keeps the film grounded down to reality, with much of the world feeling like a relic of the steampunk era. Government propaganda corrupts every aspect of everyday life with the ever-present hand of the government manipulating its citizens. …


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In between the branches of the trees, a faint glimmer of light shone through. The wind brushed past my face, while the leaves rustled thoughtlessly around the muddy brown park bench. The gravel on the ground was cracked and weathered, far past its prime. The trees were like skyscrapers, reaching further and further into the world above as time went on. Much of the animals which once lived around here had been vanquished as more and more of the park was urbanised for a brave, new world. Only a few remnants remained of the world of yesterday.

Now that the…


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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a consistent reader. I’ve always had several books on hand for me to read but my reading habits have fluctuated quite often depending on what’s going on my life and where my priorities lie. Back in primary school, I used to be quite an avid reader and read many novels then. This was primarily due to the fact that daily reading was set as homework, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. However, once I began high school, I certainly saw a drop in how often I was reading. When in primary school…

Yu-Chan Moriguchi

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