Three kinds of haunting

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation


My short story collection Small Objects and Other Stories was written as part of a PhD researching uncanny short fiction about contemporary technology. Freud offered the word ‘haunted’ alongside ‘uncanny’ as one possible English translation of the German unheimlich, and throughout my collection ghosts and hauntings manifested themselves in various forms. In this presentation, I will discuss some of the ways in which the products and processes of my practice research became haunted, including the formal strategies (such as second person narration, and the ‘uncanny of allusion’ (Sarah Annes Brown, 2012)) that I used to consciously haunt my texts and their readers; the invited ghosts – technological, animal and human – that emerged repeatedly; and the less welcome haunting of individual stories by overly-familiar tropes, and of the collection as a whole by unexpected thematic concerns.
Period7 Jul 2019
Event titleGreat Writing International
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational