20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This course will explore novellas from across the last 150 years which represent uncanny experiences of haunting, madness, obsession, and psychological and political disorientation, with these intense experiences often refracted through the consciousness of a central character. We will consider whether the particularities of this literary form lend themselves to representing experiences at the 'limits of reason'. Texts will include works by Kafka, Camus, George Eliot, Ayn Rand, Pynchon and others. The course will encompass the study of some relevant theory, including Freud's essay 'The Uncanny' - which itself contains an analysis of Hoffman's bizarre short story 'The Sandman'.

Staff Contact: STONE BRENDAN
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Project/ portfolio

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK