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When you read texts that challenge the boundaries between reality and fiction, it may lead you to reflect on truths about yourself and the world you live in.
The power of reading fiction has been scientifically proven. Art can change your perception of yourself and others.
Mandatory teaching in minority languages and the practice of child exchange are some of the many ways in which Eastern Europeans have defied the idea of one nation – one language.
Like republican presidents before him, Trump has massive support among white evangelicals. Climate change denial and the QAnon conspiracy theory strengthen that bond.
Through their work, African American writers tell the story of how power and whiteness are connected in American politics, says Professor Rebecca Scherr.
“Darwin propagated the idea that humans are like other animals fighting for survival, but distinguished supposedly by our intellect. This logic makes it possible for some human lives to be seen as more valuable than others,” says Professor of literature Michael Lundblad.
A new wave of African American writers and artists entered the scene during the 1920s in the USA. The Harlem Renaissance’s political project aimed to elevate the status of black culture.
To put it briefly: Ethnic Russians were much less loyal to the Soviet regime in their encounters with the German occupiers than historians have believed up to now. This is the story told by UiO researcher Johannes Due Enstad, who has recently published a book about the German occupation of Northwest Russia during World War 2.
What makes closely related languages have a different word order? This is what researchers in the Faculty of Humanities will find out.
Karl Ove Knausgaard was criticized for writing too fast. His reviewers felt it affected the quality of his work. The same view dominated in the seventeenth century. The ideal was that writers should take their time.
The few thousand Norwegians who emigrated to Latin America in the years from 1820 to 1940 went their own ways. Many of them never saw their dreams fulfilled and returned home disappointed.
We read novels in translation with an idea that we are reading the original text. And that is the way we want it, according to Cecilia Alvstad, researcher at the Faculty of Humanities.
The powerful Russian political elite restricts freedom of speech by using quasi-legal harassment. A typing error on a form can prevent an opposition politician from running for Office.
Our encounter with other cultures creates a need to label our own culture and traditions.
The quest for spirituality is a feature of contemporary society. But we no longer believe in the one true religion. We make up our own metaphysical pick and mix. Harry Potter is just such a mix.