• To explore the concept of the uncanny and the bizarre in two contemporary short stories.
• To respond to the texts and speculate on their effect in relationship to the context of production and reception
• To discuss the construction of female agency in both stories.
Post-millennial female writers seem to have developed a keen interest in a new kind of combination of the uncanny and the bizarre, which connects writers in Argentina and the UK. Though a comparative approach, we will try to build a dialogue between two short stories, one by British writer Julia Armstrong and one by Argentine writer Mariana Enríquez, to explore this approach to horror and its effect on the reader.
The facilitator will outline issues related to the genre and the concepts of the uncanny and the bizarre.
Participants will be encouraged to respond to the texts and speculate on their relationship to the context of production and reception.
The group will analyse how female agency is constructed in both stories.
Armfield, Julia (2019). “Formerly Feral”. In: Salt Slow. London: Picador.
Enríquez, Mariana (2016). “Nada de carne sobre nosotras”. In: Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego. Barcelona: Anagrama.
Freud, Sigmund (1919). “The Uncanny”.