Poetry and the Uncanny - Nottingham Trent University
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About the Course
A one-day poetry course at NTU.
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.
The course introduces you to an original take on a concept that has long fascinated writers. Not only will the course involve writing in response to the uncanny but it’ll also incorporate discussion of ways in which the process of writing might itself be considered uncanny.
It is ideal for beginners and more experienced writers. It’ll help you start or develop a portfolio of writing, as well as give you insights into your own creative process.
Primarily a practical course, there is a theoretical element as you examine extracts from Freud’s essay on ‘The Uncanny’, as well as a short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann.
On this course you will:
explore a strange and fascinating concept and think about ways it might relate to the practice of writing poetry
complete poetry writing exercises that will involve whole group work, pair work and individual work
receive high-quality feedback on your writing
work with the tutor to identify the next steps for your writing.
What will I gain?
You’ll leave the course with a poem that you have written and edited. You’ll also have an understanding of the concept of the uncanny, and the confidence and skills to continue with this process in the future.
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What's included in the price?
One day of quality tuition with an experienced tutor, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. Maximum class size: 15.
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Course Start DatesSaturday 21st April 2018
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