By submitting a short story with critical-reflexive commentary, both of which are written in the second person, this article performs and illuminates some of the specific ways in which second-person narration lends itself to the creation of uncanny affect. The story, “Small Objects”, was composed as part of a doctoral thesis investigating the ways in which short fiction may be a particularly appropriate form for illuminating and interrogating contemporary experiences of science and technology through the creation of uncanny affect. The accompanying commentary locates this story in a practice research context, reflecting on its composition in relation to definitions of the uncanny, and second-person narration in short stories by China Miéville, Nicholas Royle and Ali Smith; it extends existing narratological theory to demonstrate that second person is a particularly uncanny narrative mode, and indicates that the capacity of second-person narration to capture a shifting sense of intimacy and distance may make it an especially useful mode for writing reflexive commentary.
|Journal||Writing in Practice|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Mar 2019|
- short fiction
- second-person narration
- practice research