The BackShop Journal

A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Keats, Titans and the sinking of the Titanic

    In 1818, the celebrated English Romantic poet John Keats started writing a long poem, Hyperion. It tells of the despair of the Titans after their fall to the Olympians. Keats left it unfinished because it had "too many Miltonic inversions." He was also nursing his younger brother Tom, who died...
  • The Rise of Periodicals in the 18th Century Britain

    The beginning of this century (and of this millenium, for that matter) has seen a sudden rise in computer literacy, availability and use of the internet in the world. This development brought a sudden increase in on-line journals, so much so that even the major newspapers have had to move from the h...
  • Milton's Paradise Lost, the Epic Poem of Man's First Disobedience

    The year 2017 marked the 350th anniversary of the first publication of one of the greatest epic poems in the English language, John Milton's Paradise Lost. The work tells the biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Gard...
  • National Identity in Shakespeare's Hamlet and Njegoš's Mountain Wreath

    Culture is a very broad term that describes a specific nation or society. There have been many definitions of culture, especially starting from the 15th century and the beginning of European exploration and colonisation, when Europeans encountered cultures considerably different than their own. It w...
  • To Act or Not to Act: How Coleridge Changed the Way We See Hamlet

    The year of our Lord 1813 is recorded as one of the most tempestuous years in the history of mankind.  After a Russian campaign that ended in utter failure, the Napoleonic wars moved to the German lands.  Having triumphed over the Austrians near Dresden, the French Imperial army faced the...
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Invisible Wings (India, 2018)
Invisible Wings is a Malayalam short documentary film about a tea-selling globe trotter. Malayalam is one of the languages spoken at the southern tip of Indian peninsula. The documentary won the Best Short Film at Filmfare Awards this year. Deservedly. With little money but a heart full of d...
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