Beloved and Controversial: The Works of Enid Blyton

February 6, 2019

Enid Blyton was a part of many childhoods, as the author of such classics as The Enchanted Forest, the Famous Five and the Naughtiest Girl in the School series. However, in recent years she's come under increasing scrutiny for the racism and sexism apparent in many of her stories. This week, Stephanie and Lee discuss school stories, food, women, and all things Blyton. 

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Milne’s The Red House Mystery: A non-Pooh Bear Detective Story

January 23, 2019

Hang on, A.A. Milne wrote a crime novel? Is Winnie the Pooh the murderer or the detective? This week, Stephanie and Lee discuss a crime novel that does not feature Winnie the Pooh, but does feature all the best features of a cozy crime novel, complete with some digs at Australia.

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Lois Austen-Leigh’s The Incredible Crime aka the grossness of hunting

January 9, 2019

Lois Austen-Leigh was a descendant of Jane Austen but did you know she was also a crime novelist? This week, Stephanie is joined by Lee to discuss The Incredible Crime, Northanger Abbey, and the grossness of hunting.

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A Christmas Carol: or the Case of the Misunderstood Capitalist

December 19, 2018

Bah humbug! This week, Jimmy and Stephanie revisit Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol, on the 175th anniversary of its publication. Join them as they discuss Scrooge, ghosts, Mickey Mouse, and Stephanie’s favourite Christmas song. 

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FrankenReads @ Macquarie Session 3: Frankenstein Goes to the Movies

November 28, 2018

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein we will be releasing recordings from the FrankenReads event at Macquarie University in September.

​This week's recording features the following presentations:

“’Yes Master, No Master’: The Cinematic Development of Igor in the Frankenstein Narrative” by Guy Webster

​“Monstrous Scions: Frankenstein and Posthumanist Mythology” by Paul Sheehan

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FrankenReads @ Macquarie Session 2: New Perspectives on Frankenstein

November 14, 2018

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein we will be releasing recordings from the FrankenReads event at Macquarie University in September.

​This week's recording features the following presentations:

“The Tangled World of Frankenstein and Conflict of Laws” by Harry Melkonian ​ 

Frankenstein in Hyperspace: The Return of Twenty-first-century Digital Technologies to the Origins of Virtual Space in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” by Kirstin Mills

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FrankenReads @ Macquarie Session 1: Revisiting Frankenstein

October 31, 2018

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein we will be releasing recordings from the FrankenReads event at Macquarie University in September.

This week's recording features the following presentations:

“’My Beloved Sister’: The Other Family in Frankenstein” by Lee O’Brien

'Using “the living animal” to re-animate “lifeless clay”: The role of vivisection in the creation of Frankenstein's monster' by Libby King

“’The reflections of my hours of despondency and solitude’: Narrating Solitude in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein” by Geoffrey Payne

 

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A Sensational Book: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret

October 17, 2018

Sensation! Scandal! Murder! Bigamy! A femme fatale! This book has it all! This week, Stephanie and Lee are reading one of the nineteenth-century's favourite sensation fictions: Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret.

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Femme Fatales, Marlowe and Gangsters: The (slightly) Nonsensical Plots of Chandler’s The Big Sleep

October 3, 2018

The Big Sleep is a classic of crime noir: the kind of fiction that transports you to a seedy LA gin joint in the 1940s. This week, Lee and Stephanie discuss femme fatales, Marlowe, gangsters, and slightly nonsensical plots.

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Murderers, Truth vs. Fiction, and a car full of snakes in Truman Capote’s “The Handcarved Coffins”

September 19, 2018

Truman Capote brought true crime to literature with his "nonfiction novel" In Cold Blood. In this podcast, Lee and Stephanie discuss a lesser-known piece of Capote non-fiction, the short story "The Handcarved Coffins". They discuss murderers, the line between truth and fiction, and a car full of snakes. 

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