The Uncanny


Author: Nicholas Royle

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719055614

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

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This is the first book-length study of the uncanny, an important topic for contemporary thinking on literature, film, philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminism and queer history. Much of this importance can be traced back to Freud’s extraordinary essay of 1919, ‘The Uncanny’ (Das Unheimliche).As a ghostly feeling and concept, however, the uncanny has a complex history going back to at least the Enlightenment. Royle offers a detailed account of the emergence of the uncanny, together with a series of close readings of different aspects of the topic. Following a major introductory historical and critical overview, there are chapters on literature, teaching, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, film, the death drive, déjà vu, silence, solitude and darkness, the fear of being buried alive, the double, ghosts, cannibalism, telepathy, madness and religion.

The Uncanny


Author: Sigmund Freud

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780142437476

Category: Psychology

Page: 161

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Presents the attempts by Freud to understand the process of artistic creation, focusing on the importance of childhood fantasy.



Author: Paul Jennings

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780141301754

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 140

View: 3363

Can your dog fly? Could a tattoo run away? Whats it like inside a dead whale? 10 yrs+



Author: David Macinnis Gill

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062290185

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 544

View: 9532

A chilling stand-alone novel by the acclaimed David Macinnis Gill. This original and sinister spin on gothic tradition will appeal to fans of Asylum, American Horror Story: Coven, and The Walking Dead. When a bolt of lightning causes a Boston-wide blackout on her sixteenth birthday, Willow Jane doesn’t think anything of it—until she begins stopping time, until she comes face-to-face with her menacing familiar, until her sister disappears. But these aren’t the only strange and horrifying things to come out of the storm. An ancient witch named the Shadowless has awoken and escaped from her crypt, and she’s looking for revenge on Willow Jane’s family. From the critically acclaimed author of Black Hole Sun and Soul Enchilada, this eerie horror story lingers long after its bloody end, and is perfect for fans of Madeleine Roux, The Ghost Files, and anyone who likes things that go bump in the night.

Uncanny Valley

Adventures in the Narrative


Author: Lawrence Weschler

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1619020513

Category: Art

Page: 272

View: 5709

Presents a collection of the essays written by the author over the last fifteen years on a variety of miscellaneous topics about popular culture and the arts.

Sites of the Uncanny

Paul Celan, Specularity and the Visual Arts


Author: Eric Kligerman

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110913933

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 341

View: 8000

Sites of the Uncanny: Paul Celan, Specularity and the Visual Arts is the first book-length study that examines Celan’s impact on visual culture. Exploring poetry’s relation to film, painting and architecture, this study tracks the transformation of Celan in postwar German culture and shows the extent to which his poetics accompany the country’s memory politics after the Holocaust. The book posits a new theoretical model of the Holocaustal uncanny – evolving out of a crossing between Celan, Freud, Heidegger and Levinas – that provides a map for entering other modes of Holocaust representations. After probing Celan’s critique of the uncanny in Heidegger, this study shifts to the translation of Celan’s uncanny poetics in Resnais’ film Night and Fog, Kiefer’s art and Libeskind’s architecture.

Discussing the 'uncanny' from Sigmund Freud's Essay "Uncanny" in Relation to Surrealism


Author: Nadine Beck

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638790533


Page: 32

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Essay from the year 2005 in the subject Art - Art Theory, General, grade: 59 out of 80, University of Essex, 11 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: This is an examination about sigmund freud's theory of the "uncanny" and how the surrealists used it for their works. Double spaced, abstract: In 1919, the inventor of the psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, published his psychological essay on the "Uncanny." He did not know that he gave the still young Surrealist movement a welcome scientific base for their subversive, new way of art. Although the "Uncanny" is only one of many means surrealism is playing with, the relation to Freud and its theories is close and essential to the movements artists. It is a key that is required to reveal the secrets of their sometimes not easily decipherable works, be it photos, sculptures or paintings. The surrealist movement saw Freud's exploration of the "unconscious" as their legitimating of the view of the world, as for them, the reality was nothing but a fake idea whereas dreams and the unconscious state of mind inhabited the true world. I shall depict the phenomenon of the "Uncanny" and how the surrealists used it for their purposes in this essay. Therefore, I consider it necessary to depict Freud's psychological explanation of the "Uncanny" in full length. While comparing his essay to the works of the surrealist group, it will become clear that there is hardly any detail of the examples for the "Uncanny" given by it that is not transferred into a piece of art. However, did it mean the same to all artists? How about the observer of the works? According to the fact that Freud's "Uncanny" is psychologically related to women, and undoubtedly women play the major part in the surrealist's works, too, how did surrealist women see it? If women are the personification of the "Uncanny," what was the "Uncanny" for the uncanny then? There are a few surrealist women who contributed with their works to the answer of t

The Uncanny


Author: Andrew Klavan

Publisher: Island Books

ISBN: 9780307791221

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Andrew Klavan reinvents the classic ghost story with this literary X-Files, a breathtaking blend of Hollywood-style excitement and literary tour de force. Richard Storm is a Hollywood producer who has reached the top of his profession making horror movies based on classic English ghost stories. Now, with his life beginning to unravel, he flees to England on a desperate quest: to find evidence that the great old stories bear an element of truth, that the human spirit lives on after death, that in this all-too-material world there still may be reason to have faith. But his search uncovers more than he bargained for: Sophia Endering, a mysterious damsel in distress who may just be the last love of Storm's life; Harper Albright, an eccentric pipe-smoking old woman whose researches into the paranormal mask an obsessive hunt for a malevolent killer; and the man known as Saint Iago, a seemingly immortal villain who makes a night with a vampire look like a walk in the park. Richard Storm's nightmares are about to step down off the screen into real life. And Storm is about to begin a journey through his deepest passions and his darkest fears, to a romance that could last forever, and a secret a thousand years old-down a trail formed by the classic ghost stories themselves-into the very heart of the uncanny. From the Hardcover edition.

Rethinking the Uncanny in Hoffmann and Tieck


Author: Marc Falkenberg

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039102846

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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This stimulating new book challenges Freud's definition of the uncanny, prevalent in the study of Gothic and Romantic fiction, by reviving the importance of uncertainty in the uncanny. Literary criticism views the uncanny as an expression of the return of the repressed. Falkenberg's expanded definition includes, but is not limited to, the psychoanalytic and instead redefines the uncanny as a cognitive and aesthetic phenomenon. Beyond offering a survey of what David Punter has called -The Theory of the Uncanny-, this study places the uncanny in the context of the poetological and philosophical background of the Romantic period. In close readings of two stories that have stood at the center of the debate about the uncanny - E.T.A. Hoffmann's -Sandman- and Ludwig Tieck's -Blond Eckbert- - the author shows how these texts are constructed as uncanny phenomena in themselves. The study traces fairytale elements, framing techniques, and interdependencies between the fictional productions of the protagonists and their -dark fates- to expose how these texts confront the reader with paradoxical decoding instructions. This expanded and revised uncanny not only yields new readings of two classic German short stories, it also leads to a better understanding of the cultural soil that nourished the Romantic Movement."

The "uncanny" in literature

an apology for its investigation


Author: Siegbert Salomon Prawer

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 25

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The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny


Author: Simon R. Green

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101171455

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 6971

John Taylor, the PI with a knack for finding things, gets a visit from Walker-the powerful, never-to-be-trusted agent who runs the Nightside on behalf of The Authorities. He tells John he's dying, and wants to offer him an important job: His....

The Uncanny Valley Hypothesis and beyond


Author: Marcus Cheetham

Publisher: Frontiers Media SA

ISBN: 2889454436


Page: N.A

View: 5635

A field of theory and research is evolving around the question highlighted in the Uncanny Valley Hypothesis: How does high realism in anthropomorphic design influence human experience and behaviour? The Uncanny Valley Hypothesis posits that a very humanlike character or object (e.g., robot, prosthetic limb, doll) can evoke a negative affective (i.e., uncanny) state. Recent advances in robotic and computer-graphic technologies in simulating aspects of human appearance, behaviour and interaction have been accompanied, therefore, by theorising and research on the meaning and relevance of the Uncanny Valley Hypothesis for anthropomorphic design. Current understanding of the "uncanny" idea is still fragmentary and further original research is needed. However, the emerging picture indicates that the relationship between humanlike realism and subjective experience and behaviour may not be as straightforward as the Uncanny Valley Hypothesis suggests. This Research Topic brings together researchers from traditionally separate domains (including robotics, computer graphics, cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience) to provide a snapshot of current work in this field. A diversity of issues and questions are addressed in contributions that include original research, review, theory, and opinion papers.

The Uncanny


Author: Peter Hepplewhite,Neil Tonge

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9780806938790

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 6964

Tells strange stories about portentous dreams, strange healing powers, ghostly sightings of living people, and pets that find their owners miles away.

From the Supernatural to the Uncanny


Author: Stephen M. Hart,Zoltán Biedermann

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527506924

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

View: 5881

This volume is a collection of thirteen essays built around the question ‘what is the supernatural, and how, and why, has it changed over time?’ It is divided into two complementary sections; the first focussing on research on the discourse of the supernatural (including the miraculous) located in the medieval and early modern eras, and the second consisting of a set of test-cases involving research on the uncanny, often articulated in a post-Freudian sense, as expressed in modern literature, film and art. The eclectic and prismatic approach pursued via a variety of test-cases of the supernatural in this book gives rise to a clear, comparative and diachronic study of the main characteristics of the supernatural.

Uncanny Australia

Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation


Author: Ken Gelder,Jane Margaret Jacobs

Publisher: Melbourne University Publish

ISBN: 9780522848168

Category: Social Science

Page: 163

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Aboriginal claims for sacredness in modern Australia may seem like minor events, but they have radically disturbed the nation's image of itself. Minorities appear to have too much influence; majorities suddenly feel embattled. What once seemed familiar can now seem disconcertingly unfamiliar, a condition Ken Gelder and Jane M. Jacobs diagnose as 'uncanny'. In Uncanny Australia Gelder and Jacobs show how Aboriginal claims for sacredness radiate out to affect the fortunes, and misfortunes, of the modern nation. They look at Coronation Hill, Hindmarsh Island, Uluru and the repatriation of sacred objects; they examine secret business in public places, promiscuous sacred sites, ghosts and bunyips, cartographic nostalgia, reconciliation and democracy, postcolonial racism and New Age enchantments. Uncanny Australia is a challenging and thought-provoking work that offers a new way of understanding how the Aboriginal sacred inhabits the modern nation.

Chronotopes of the Uncanny

Time and Space in Postmodern New York Novels. Paul Auster's »City of Glass« and Toni Morrison's »Jazz«


Author: Petra Eckhard

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839418410

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 206

View: 438

Using the theoretical frameworks of Freud, Todorov, and Bahktin, this book explores how American writers of the late 20th century have translated the psychoanalytical concept of »the uncanny« into their novelistic discourses. The two texts under scrutiny - Paul Auster's »City of Glass« and Toni Morrison's »Jazz« - show that the uncanny has developed into a crucial trope to delineate personal and collective fears that are often grounded on the postmodern disruption of spatio-temporal continuities and coherences.



Author: Onyx Pen Drygon

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781452038445

Category: Fiction

Page: 76

View: 8424

This book reflects Onyx's many deep, intimate and personal thoughts and is definitely not a book for the weak at heart! Each poem is filled with passion and clearly invites the reader to take a glance at his thoughts, without compromising one's own interpretation. It is very suggestive, compelling and refreshingly explicit. An open-mind and parental discretion is advised.

History Films, Women, and Freud's Uncanny


Author: Susan E. Linville

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292702691

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 197

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History films were a highly popular genre in the 1990s, as Hollywood looked back at significant and troubling episodes from World War II, the Cold War era, and the techno-war in the Persian Gulf. As filmmakers attempted to confront and manage intractable elements of the American past, such as the trauma of war and the legacy of racism, Susan Linville argues that a surprising casualty occurred—the erasure of relevant facets of contemporary women's history. In this book, Linville offers a sustained critique of the history film and its reduction of women to figures of ambivalence or absence. Historicizing and adapting Freud's concept of the uncanny and its relationship to the maternal body as the first home, she offers theoretically sophisticated readings of the films Midnight Clear, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, Nixon, Courage Under Fire, Lone Star, and Limbo. She also demonstrates that the uncanny is not only a source of anxiety but also potentially a progressive force for eroding nostalgic ideals of nation and gender. Linville concludes with a close reading of a recent 9/11 documentary, showing how the patterns and motifs of 1990s history films informed it and what that means for our future.

The Uncanny

Experiments in Cyborg Culture


Author: Bruce Grenville

Publisher: arsenal pulp press

ISBN: 9781551521169

Category: Art

Page: 279

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Documenting the image of the cyborg in all its imaginative guises, THE UNCANNY includes essays and excerpts by Allan Antliff, Bruno Bettelheim, Randy Lee Cutler, Freud, William Gibson, Bruce Grenville, Makiko Hara, Donna Haraway, Masanori Oda, Jeanne Randolph and Toshiya Ueno. One of the most persistent and intriguing cultural images of the last century, the cyborg exists at the intersection of science, technology and culture, and is understood here as an 'uncanny' image that reflects our shared fascination and dread of the machine and its presence in our daily lives.

The National Uncanny

Indian Ghosts and American Subjects


Author: Renée L. Bergland

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9780874519440

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 199

View: 7583

A unique look at Native American ghosts and US literature.