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The Myth, the Heights, the Poetry and the Dogs: 200 Years of Emily Bronte

The Myth, the Heights, the Poetry and the Dogs: 200 Years of Emily Bronte

July 25, 2018

Emily Bronte was born on 30 July 1818: 200 years ago this month. To celebrate her 200th birthday, Stephanie was joined by Dr Lee O'Brien to discuss the Bronte myth, Wuthering Heights, poetry, and dogs.

From Raptus to Porn: Celebrating 675 Years of Geoffrey Chaucer

From Raptus to Porn: Celebrating 675 Years of Geoffrey Chaucer

June 27, 2018

Chaucer is often called the Father of English Literature, but what do you really know about this? This week, Stephanie is joined by Professor Louise d'Arcens to discuss Chaucer's life, work, the Cecily Champagne case, and oddly enough, Chaucerian porn.

The Novel and the Navy: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Northanger Abbey

The Novel and the Navy: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Northanger Abbey

December 13, 2017

Jane Austen's novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published posthumously in December 1817. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of these novels that bookend Austen's career, Stephanie is joined by Dr Geoff Payne to discuss Anne Elliot, Catherine Morland, the novel, and the Navy.

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20 Years a Slay: A Celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

20 Years a Slay: A Celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

October 25, 2017

Buffy is the greatest television show of all time. At least, that's what Stephanie, Dr Kirstin Mills and Dr Lorin Schwarz think. This week, they discuss the enduring appeal of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the genius of Joss Whedon, and why they can't get enough of Spike. 

A Pain in the Neck: Celebrating 125 Years of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

A Pain in the Neck: Celebrating 125 Years of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

October 4, 2017

We can't stop talking about Sherlock. To celebrate 125 years since the publication of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Stephanie and Jimmy are joined by Dr Lee O'Brien to discuss the continuing appeal of Conan Doyle's most famous creation. They discuss the lovable Watson, the beguiling Irene Adler, the surprising darkness of these stories, and why Sherlock can be such a pain in the neck. 

A 300 Year Old Goth: Horace Walpole and The Castle of Otranto

A 300 Year Old Goth: Horace Walpole and The Castle of Otranto

September 20, 2017

The Castle of Otranto was the first Gothic novel: the novel that started the craze for the Gothic that's never ceased since. On Horace Walpole's 300th birthday, Stephanie is joined by Dr Lee O'Brien to discuss the ongoing appeal of the Gothic, Manfred as Gothic hero, giant helmets, and whether you're supposed to find the novel funny.