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Updated Friday August 17 2007

Failing faculties
An ongoing survey of language faculty publications at Italian universities

  Kantian aesthetics revisited New!
Daniel B. Gallagher (left) reviews Values of Beauty: Historical Essays in Aesthetics by Paul Guyer

English the Conqueror
Judith Gorham reviews The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg

Re-Christianising Europe against Islam and relativism
Domenico Pacitti reviews Without Roots: Europe, Relativism, Christianity, Islam by Marcello Pera & Joseph Ratzinger

'Out-Englishing' Scottish Enlightenment
Robert Coates reviews The Scottish Enlightenment by Arthur Herman

Punctuation sticklers
Judith Gorham (left) reviews Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Sicilian Christian Democrat secrets
Domenico Pacitti reviews Figlio di partito by Alfonso Sciangula

Reading reality and Umberto Eco
Domenico Pacitti interviews Umberto Eco (left). Interpreting reality, says Eco, is like reading texts: in both cases we encounter certain lines of resistance that draw limits to what can legitimately be said

Literary philosophy
Domenico Pacitti reviews Kant and the Platypus by Umberto Eco

Propaedeutic Prefaces of mirth
Robert Coates (left) dips into Alasdair Gray's
The Book of Prefaces

Tanks for the memories
Robert Coates reviews Tank by Patrick Wright

Through women's eyes starkly
Richard Stern reviews Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding (left), The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and East into Upper East by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

German language history repeats itself
Martin Putz reviews A Short History of the German Language by Marina Foschi & Marianne Hepp

Life in the land of nods, winks and little shrugs
Domenico Pacitti (left) reviews Italy and its Discontents by Paul Ginsborg

Gospel truths
Jim Campbell reviews Star Twin by John Cummings

Minding madonnas and mother
The Madonnas of President Street by John Sandman reviewed

Immortal sins
Robert Coates reviews Constantine's Sword by James Carroll

Satanic speculations
Robert Coates takes a devilish look at The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (left)

Metaphysical trilogy
Riccardo Pozzo reviews an Italian metaphysical trilogy by Federico La Sala

Good intentions, poor credibility
Domenico Pacitti reviews An Idea of Europe by Romano Prodi

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