Day 1. A is for Anglophilia


It’s time to get this contest started. defines anglophilia as, “a strong admiration or enthusiasm for England, its people, and things English.” Having been exposed to English literature a good amount of my life, I’ve developed a sort of fondness for that island – or at least an imaginary version of that island which I have reconstructed from all the books, movies and shows that I’ve watched. There was, indeed, even a time when the Church of England exerted a bit of a pull on me before I wound up swimming the Tiber. The question of whether actually going to England would be fun, or just provoke a kind of Stendhal Syndrome is an open one.

Hence a sub-theme of this particular run of the A to Z contest will be English lit. Expect to see some familiar faces popping up.

On the flip side of things, I have a bit of cultural self-loathing to confess to: I don’t like Canadian literature very much. It apparently attracts an international audience these days, but I just have not, for the life of me, been able to develop a substantial interest in it.


(A is also for Applejack, my second favourite of the Mane 6)



About Josh W

A Catholic. Likes to write stuff and draw pictures.
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2 Responses to Day 1. A is for Anglophilia

  1. I love that you qualified that it is your version of the island!

  2. Even though we have a huge repertoire in Indian fiction and lots of magnificent Indian writers, I have a strong affinity to books set in England. In fact I just finished Helen Simonson’s, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. It’s an amazing book. Looking forward to your insights 🙂

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