What happens when writers put their imaginary worlds into words?
How do they translate an object, an emotion a thought into
language? Indeed, what happens when a three-dimensional body of
flesh and blood is reduced to a two-dimensional character of ink
and paper? Why do so many contemporary writers seem to be writing
stories about writing stories?
These questions branch out into a wide range of related issues
concerning the nature and process of writing this course sets out
to explore. In doing so, we will no doubt probe methods of
representation fictionalized in Julian Barnes’s Flaubert's
Parrot; we may discuss notions of memory in the work of
Paul Auster, try to navigate Jeanette Winterson’s labyrinthine
canals in The Passion and we will most certainly examine
the nature of interpretation in a couple of stories yet to be