English and drama

The Uncanny

Module code: Q3051
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Dissertation, Seminar, Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Dissertation

The uncanny is difficult to define – mysterious, eerie, at once strange and familiar. It offers especially productive possibilities for exploring issues of identity and liminality, boundaries and interdisciplinarity. You engage with the uncanny across a range of texts and contexts, from literature (novels, short stories, drama and poetry) to film. Discussion will focus on a number of linked topics, including repetition, doubles, strange coincidences, animism, live burial, telepathy, death and laughter. 

You'll develop your reading and critical analysis skills, as nature of the uncanny invites intellectual uncertainty and calls for an unusual critical patience.This enhances your capacity for critical reflection on the experience of the familiar and the strange, the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts raised by their special subject.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of cultural and social processes on the production of literature and other media.
  • Define a topic for research which is appropriate to the course.
  • Organise complex material in an extended piece of written work.