The Weird and the Eerie

Arts Building - Shackleton Room (439 4th floor)
Wednesday 14 November 2018 (14:00-15:30)

For readings or further information, please email Dorothy Butchard.


Our theme for this week is "The Weird and the Eerie", in a session led by Vicki Williams. We will discuss three (very!) short texts:

  • ‘Introduction: The Weird and the Eerie (Beyond the Unheimlich)’ from Mark Fisher, The Weird and the Eerie (2016)
  • Yohann Koshy, ‘The Revolution Will Be Weird and Eerie’ (
  • HP Lovecraft, ‘Notes on Writing Weird Fiction’ (

Notes to consider:

As you are reading, try and pick up on different elements of ‘weird’ and ‘eerie’ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. - how might we understand and define these phenomena?

Taster quote:

"The allure that the weird and the eerie possess is not captured by the idea that we 'enjoy what scares us'. It has, rather, to do with a fascination for the outside, for that which lies beyond standard perception, cognition and experience." (Mark Fisher, The Weird and the Eerie, p.8)

About the Postgraduate Doctoral Seminar:

The doctoral seminar is an informal weekly reading group run within the Department of English Literature. We select a short text to read in advance, often a work of theory, then meet to discuss it. The seminar provides an opportunity to consider aspects of the reading that were thought-provoking or challenging for you, think about how it relates to texts you may have studied or plan to read, and share aspects of your own research and academic practice. It’s also a chance to get together, try out ideas, and meet fellow postgraduate researchers. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits and you are very welcome!

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