Author Archives: Diana Powell

Women in Scandinavian and British Crime Fiction

Last year in the course ‘The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction’, we examined female authors and female detectives in mainly American crime fiction, moving from the first women to make it in Hollywood like Leigh Brackett and Vera Caspary; … Continue reading

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Redburn and the 9/11 Memorial: Melville’s words still ring true

A few weeks ago, while I was visiting the US (on a Liverpool-London-Detroit-New York-London- Liverpool journey), I reread Herman Melville‘s Redburn in preparation for my class this autumn, Writers in Victorian Liverpool. Redburn, the titular character, is a young American, … Continue reading

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Waterstone’s Classics: A Chance to Dip into Literature on your Lunch Hour

Waterstone’s Liverpool One organizes a series of free talks by academics from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University on Wednesdays from 1-2 pm. It’s a great chance to dip into a work you’ve always been curious about … Continue reading

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Seeing Liverpool through Herman Melville’s Eyes: Google Earth Map of Victorian Liverpool

Most people have experienced entering a foreign city for the first time– it’s those first moments when your senses are most perceptive. Struck by the new sights and smells, the architecture and the customs, the strange and extraordinary aspects of the city emerge. … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

This blog post is from a student on my Star-Crossed Lovers Continuing Education course: I find myself fascinated by the way the names given to the characters in The Age of Innocence mirror their natures and their roles within the … Continue reading

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Women in Film Noir: A four week course

Reading quite a bit of hard-boiled detective fiction this semester has raised questions about its translation to film, in particular, classic film noir. In response to this, I will be running a short course: Women in Film Noir on Thursdays … Continue reading

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Book review: One for the Money

Here’s another great post by one of my students on the course The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich is the first novel in the Stephanie Plum series. Evanovich had previously written several … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bride of Lammermoor: Hard to define, even harder to forget

Another thought-provoking post from one of my students, this time from my Star-crossed Lovers course in Southport: The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott is hard to define;  the opening chapter is a story in itself, with Peter Pattieson retelling … Continue reading

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Book Review: Leigh Brackett’s No Good From A Corpse

Below is another post from one of my students. If you have time to leave feedback, it would be much appreciated: Not very far into this book I thought to myself, this woman writes like a man. Before going any … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vera Caspary’s Laura

Below is a blog post written by one of the Continuing Education students on my course The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction.  Viewing the blog as a platform for critical analysis and discussion, I set ‘blog posts’ as assignments for … Continue reading

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