Literary laboratory

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A literary laboratory

A literary laboratory or lit-lab is an ideal place to research literary works,[1] and is found in most dignified universities. A lit-lab must contain a fireplace, a comfortable chair, a dog (other household pets may be used, but that's quite controversial even today), a decent lamp for lightning and access to hot chocolate.[2] In some traditions of learning, a tobacco pipe is recommended. This is problematic in some countries, like in Norway, where smoking indoors in public places and buildings of learning is strictly prohibited.

edit History

Historians claim that lit-labs already existed in a primitive form in the ancient world – primarily in the Roman, Greek and Egyptian civilizations – although other animals were used and cocoa and tobacco weren't common.

In the Arab world, lit-labs expanded in the middle ages due to the fruit tobacco pipes in the Middle East.

During the renaissance in Europe, the amount of lit-labs expanded with the increase of universities and other institutions of learning. There were also many private lit-labs. The most famous one is found in Florence (Firenze), Italy, where Leonardo da Vinci had his own lit-lab. And as in many other fields, Leonardo was way ahead of his time, and traces of hot chocolate have been found on Leonardo's desk.[3]

edit References

  1. Harald Northug: Hamartia ved peisen: En litteraturhistorisk analyse av litterære laboratorier, 2002
  2. Anders "Indirekte Objekt" Iversen: Gleden av å lese foran peisen, 2004
  3. Sveinung Fauskevåg: Utviklingen av litterære laboratorier under Renessansen, 2004

edit Further reading

  • Helge Edmark: Hva er forskjellen på et litterært laboratorium og en vanlig peiskrok (for faen)?!, 2005
  • Giorgio Chabert: Jeg reiser ikke hjem for å late meg, men for å arbeide i mitt litterære laboratorium, 2005
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