At Home in Hauntology: Poetry Through Derrida Masterclass

At Home in Hauntology: Poetry Through Derrida Masterclass

Discover what ghostliness and absence can become in your writing, as we trace the spectral in landscape and nature, time, and our relationships with those living and dead.

‘The translucent claws of newborn mice
this pearl cast of color,
the barely perceptible
like a ghosted threshold of being:
here not here.’
– ‘The Way We Love Something Small’ by Kimberley Blaeser  

It is important to speak to ghosts, ‘even if they are no longer, even if they are not yet’ writes Derrida in his 1994 book, Spectres of Marx. On this course, Spectrality in all its possible and impossible forms, definition, and deconstructions, will be opened to our creative interpretations and thinking. 

At Home in Hauntology will explore contemporary poetry in light of Derrida’s notion but will happily move away from it, return to it, and move towards our own notions of what ghostliness and absence really become in our writing. 

In short, Derrida’s presence will appear on this course; it will inform our writing but the poetry that is written, will not necessarily articulate Derrida’s presence. At Home in Hauntology will trace the spectral in the world of landscape and nature, in a world of presents, pasts and futures, in the world of absent spaces, in our relationships with those living and those dead. 

This Masterclass will help you to stretch and place your writing into unknown spaces and guide you to write about the ghosts that are very much alive and living, as much as about the haunts that cannot be shaken. Raymond Antrobus, Daisy Lafarge, Cynthia Huntington, Renee Gladman, Christopher Kennedy, Tess Gallagher, Jacques Dupin, and Jenifer Lee Tsai, are just some of the poets you can expect to encounter. If you want to probe into ‘the barely perceptible like a ghosted threshold of being’ then this course will support you and your writing in this exact meditation. 

Masterclasses are an expanded version of our International Courses, with a much deeper consideration of technical craft and critical theory. These 12-week courses (maximum 10 places) are for advanced students only, and fluency with poetic language and ideas will be assumed. There are no live chats and they are suitable for UK and International students.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected] For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About Agnieszka Studzinska View Profile

Agnieszka Studzińska has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA. Her debut collection, Snow Calling, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection, What Things Are, is published by Eyewear (2014). She has had poems published in Long Poem Magazine, Wild Court, Agenda, and Mslexia, as well as having poems featured in several anthologies. She is currently working towards her PhD at Royal Holloway London exploring how the image of the house is appropriated in contemporary poetry. She teaches creative writing and lives in London. 

‘The Poetry School course has fuelled my passion and increased my confidence. I now enjoy sending my poems for publication or competitions, and writing poetry is a big part of my life and a huge and challenging joy.’

– Summer 2021 survey response

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