Category Archives: Courses

Read the Shortlist

Have you always promised yourself you would read the Man Booker Prize shortlist? Now’s the time! Join our friendly 10 week course to compare and contrast the reads and put the judges’ opinions to the test. The 2013 list includes: … Continue reading

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Owning Jane Austen

Another day, another Jane Austen news story. Two hundred years after the publication of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen can still make headlines. This summer has seen the successful campaign to put Austen on a ten pound note followed by … Continue reading

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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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The Chester Mystery Plays

Dr. Andrea Young is running a new course to coincide with the 2013 Chester Mystery Plays. The Chester Mystery Plays course will be led by Dr. Andrea Young, an expert in medieval drama from the University of Liverpool’s Continuing Education Programme. … 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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