The Uncanny (Q3051)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

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.


21%: Lecture
8%: One-to-one (Dissertation supervision)
13%: Practical (Workshop)
58%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 276 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: