This semester I’m teaching two courses for the University of Liverpool’s Continuing Education: The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction and Star-Crossed Lovers in Literature. But instead of having my students write traditional essays, I’ve asked them to write blog posts. Why? There are two reasons: first, I think the blog is a great platform to discuss, debate, inform and analyse (if they simply wrote it as an essay for their tutor, it wouldn’t reach as wide an audience), and second, most of my students are entirely new to blogging. Many of them are retired, and they bring a wealth of professional and practical insights to the text.
I’ve posted the first, a review of Vera Caspary’s Laura, on Prevailing Westerlies. If you have time to leave a comment, word of encouragement or question, I’m sure it would be appreciated.