Psychoanalysis and Creative Writing (888Q3B)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module is about how a close reading of psychoanalytic texts, especially those of Sigmund Freud, can transform the theory and practice of creative writing.

We will look at a series of essays by Freud, exploring his own singular gifts as a writer and critical thinker, alongside poems, short stories and novels.

We will consider, in particular, how Freud's essays illuminate the question of literature (and vice versa), in relation to such topics as the uncanny, fantasy and dreaming, story-telling and the death drive, telepathy and superstitious or magical thinking, chance, humour, mourning and loss.

There will be regular opportunities, both in and outside class, to produce creative work, and to discuss this with the tutor and others in the seminar group.

The module will lead students through to having an opportunity to submit a term-paper of 5,000 words, of which up to 2,500 words can be creative writing.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 276 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.