From the Lighthouse
Page Richards on the changing states and stakes of literary fiction in contemporary times

Page Richards on the changing states and stakes of literary fiction in contemporary times

October 7, 2020

In this week's episode of From the Lighthouse, join Michelle as she talks with Page Richards, director of Hong Kong University's MFA program and prize-winning poet and vaudeville artist. They discuss the changing states and stakes of literary fiction in contemporary times.

Before Shackleton there was  Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Sur”

Before Shackleton there was Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Sur”

September 2, 2020

Join Associate Professor Jane Messer and Michelle as they discuss Ursula K. Le Guin's speculative short story "Sur" about the group of women explorers who arrived at the Antarctic's South Pole, well before Shackleton. 

Graham Greene’s ‘A Little Place Off the Edgware Road’ and Paddy OReilly’s ‘Baggage Claim’

Graham Greene’s ‘A Little Place Off the Edgware Road’ and Paddy OReilly’s ‘Baggage Claim’

August 19, 2020

Associate Professor Jane Messer joins Michelle to discuss a short horror story by Graham Greene, 'A Little Place Off the Edgware Road' and another short story by Australian writer, Paddy O'Reilly, 'Baggage Claim'. If you'd like to read O'Reilly's short story before listening, her story was published in Overland and the link is provided below.

https://overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-231/fiction-paddy-oreilly/

“The mother’s injuries are to be handed down to the daughter”: Love and Destruction in Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata

“The mother’s injuries are to be handed down to the daughter”: Love and Destruction in Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata

August 5, 2020

Michelle and Jimmy are joined in this episode by Media Arts teacher and film fanatic, Khoa Tran, to discuss, Autumn Sonata, Ingmar Bergman's late masterpiece about the difficult and, at times, destructive relationship between mothers and daughters.

The Relentlessness of Memory in  Michael Haneke’s Caché

The Relentlessness of Memory in Michael Haneke’s Caché

July 22, 2020

In this episode of From the Lighthouse, Jimmy and Michelle talk about Michael Haneke's 2005 intriguing and enigmatic film Caché.  The film, starring Juliet Binoche and Daniel Auteil, explores the absence of remorse and the relentlessness of memory in the life of French intellectual Georges, charting Georges response as the family start receiving anonymous video cassettes and crayon drawings reminding Georges of his childhood transgression against a young Algerian boy, Majid. The film explores the long shadow of French colonial violence against Algerians and critiques a national response that refuses to acknowledge the past. 

Classic Teendaptation #6: Get Over It

Classic Teendaptation #6: Get Over It

July 8, 2020

Get Over It is a 2001 teen adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This week, Stephanie and Kirstin discuss Kirsten Dunst, teen romance, and overexcited dogs.

Classic Teendaptation #5: She’s All That

Classic Teendaptation #5: She’s All That

June 24, 2020

The 1999 film She's All That is an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion...or is it? This week, Stephanie, Kirstin and Jimmy discuss glasses,  the class system, and disappointment. 

Classic Teendaptation #4: Easy A

Classic Teendaptation #4: Easy A

June 10, 2020

Easy A (2001) is a loose adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. This week, Stephanie, Kirstin and Jimmy discuss sexual double-standards, intertextual references, and the world's coolest parents.

Check out Kirstin's cool new blog on this series: http://www.kirstinmills.com/blog/teen-movie-adaptations-classic-literature-podcast/

Classic Teendaptation #3: Clueless … As if!!!

Classic Teendaptation #3: Clueless … As if!!!

May 27, 2020

Clueless brings Jane Austen's Emma into the world of a privileged LA teen, and it works perfectly. This week, Stephanie, Kirstin and Jimmy discuss Austen, Heckerling, and routine liposuction.

Classic Teendaptation #2: She’s the Man

Classic Teendaptation #2: She’s the Man

May 15, 2020

She's The Man transforms Shakespeare's Twelfth Night into a teen drama about soccer and debutante balls. This week, Stephanie, Jimmy and Kirstin discuss the film, gender, and why they don't necessarily think it all works...

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