Poetry and the Uncanny
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, one day
Indicative maximum class size: 15
What do we mean when we say that something is uncanny? We might have a feeling of déjà vu and call it uncanny, or we might encounter our doppelgänger and call it uncanny. But the uncanny is not just about what’s creepy or weird, it’s to do with a sense of recognition.
This course considers the concept of the uncanny as the experience of familiarity and strangeness at the same time, and uses it as a springboard for writing original, and perhaps surprising, poetry.
21st April 2018
Please bring with you:
a notepad and pen
any notes, ideas or examples of previous writing.
Prior to the course it is useful (but not essential) if you can familiarise yourself with the following:
Freud, Sigmund, The Uncanny (London: Penguin, 2003)
Hoffmann, E.T.A., ‘The Sandman’ in Tales of Hoffmann (Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin, 1982), pp.85-126
Other useful reading is:
Bennet, Andrew and Royle, Nicholas, ‘The Uncanny’ in Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (Harlow: Pearson, 2004), pp.34-41
Herbert, W.N. and Hollis, Matthew, eds., Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (Tarset, Northumberland: Bloodaxe, 2009)