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From the Lighthouse is a literary podcast published out of the Department of English at Macquarie University. Your hosts Dr Stephanie Russo and Dr Michelle Hamadache love to talk about anything to do with books, from the latest bestsellers and prize-winners, film and television adaptations of books to bookish news. Join us twice a month as we chat all things literary.

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From the Lighthouse is a literary podcast published out of the Department of English at Macquarie University. Your hosts Dr Stephanie Russo and Dr Michelle Hamadache love to talk about anything to do with books, from the latest bestsellers and prize-winners, film and television adaptations of books to bookish news. Join us twice a month as we chat all things literary.

    Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko: A Tale of Fire and Ice

    Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko: A Tale of Fire and Ice

    This week Michelle is joined by Jimmy and special guest, Khoa Tran, to discuss Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko. Join us as we discuss revenge, class, mythology, identity and whether or not Khoa can make his hair swish like a cat's tail.

    • 58 min
    The Bored and the Beautiful - Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura

    The Bored and the Beautiful - Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura

    This week Michelle is joined by Jimmy and special guest, Khoa Tran, to discuss Antonioni's L'Avventura. Join us as we discuss gender, class, boredom, weird sex scenes, and fight over whether this is a subversive masterpiece, or a tedious exploration of ennui. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    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

    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.

    • 52 min
    Before Shackleton there was Ursula K. Le Guin's "Sur"

    Before Shackleton there was Ursula K. Le Guin's "Sur"

    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. 

    • 32 min
    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'

    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/

    • 54 min
    "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

    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.

    • 57 min

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