These four walls : memory of the ghost of home

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


School of Writing


Education and Arts

First Advisor

Dr Marcella Polain


The following work explores the concepts of ‘home’ and ‘dwelling’ and their relationship with internal states of being through emotive, lyrical free-verse. In these poems, houses are mirrors: doubles that echo the mental and emotional states of their inhabitants. These houses are still, watchful, disturbing – but also intoxicating, comforting and dream-like. The division between ‘home’ and ‘house’ is explored, informed by academic research into Freud’s definition of the ‘uncanny’, and influenced by themes present in gothic/horror fiction, particularly that of Edgar Allan Poe. The accompanying essay further explores the relationship between Freud’s ‘uncanny’ and one of Poe’s most disquieting ‘house tales’: The Fall of the House of Usher.

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