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Das Unheimliche

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Een literature and daydreaming; and our intensely mixed feelings about things we experience as uncanny Also included is Freud's celebrated study of Leonardo Da Vinci his first exercise in psychobiographyFor than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1700 . Interesting p

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Freud was fascinated by the mysteries of creativity and the imagination The groundbreaking works that comprise The Uncanny present some of his most influential explorations of the mind In these pieces Freud investigates the vivid but seemingly trivial childhood memories that often screen deeply uncomfortable desires; the links betw. Anyone with e Oklahomeland uncomfortable desires; the links betw. Anyone with e

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  1. says:

    I love exploring elements of the uncanny in gothic literature It is directly linked with the transgressive nature of such writing This has been epitomised in many novels and short stories of the nineteenth century The Gothic and uncanny reinforce each other; they stand side by side in the dark shadows of such writing To show this I’m going to give the example of two of my favourite gothic novels Dracula and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr HydeTo transgress is to break a limit or a boundary; both works contain characters Dracula and JekyllHyde which have undergone a transgressive transformation; they have gone from a normal sate of being to something paranormal they have broken a boundary This transgression has resulted in an uncanny existence for them both which arouses fear towards them The uncanny according to Freud evokes fear and dread The gothic novel creates a heightened level of fear because the uncanny creates something strangely familiar at the heart of the unfamiliar Firstly this can be seen with Dracula The Count’s death like sleep is eerily familiar Harker finds the Count at rest in a coffin “he was either dead or asleep I could not say which” This sense of unfamiliarity with the familiar someone who is seemingly dead when they should be alive evokes dread within Harker “I fled from the place” The vampire’s uncanny nature is created by his transgressive undead state which makes him evocative of fear Dracula’s uncanny existence is unexplainable with what governs normal life; he has no reflection in the mirror; he “sleeps” in a coffin and scales walls Harker is disturbed by this strange nature of the familiar Dracula has undergone an extensive transformation which breaks the boundaries of mortality and sets him in the realm of the paranormal as a member of the undead This can be seen when the Count attests to his immortality My revenge has just begun I spread it over centuries and time is on my side This signifies that he is now an undying creature and can span his goals over the ages; he has transgressed the rules of mortality with his uncanny existence The same is true for JekyllHyde Indeed the development of a doppelganger a counter part for a person can be seen as fear inducing and resides in the uncanny transgression of Jekyll This is because Jekyll was “radically both” With JekyllHyde the uncanniness of the doppelganger is increased because both of the doppelgangers are one person and the familiarity evoked in the unfamiliar character Hyde is stronger The repetition is key; it causes a strange feeling of fear and dread in the face of such an abnormality Doctor Jekyll has transgressed the role he has in society and the one his personality has created for him This is because the potion that results in Hyde allows Jekyll to break free of his restrictions; he becomes something paranormal through the use of a doppelganger that is both him and not him He is now free to act in a reckless way that will not directly be associated with his original persona; he now has according to Jekyll “a greater boldness a contempt of danger a solution of the bonds of obligation” He has transgressed his original role and like Dracula has become something paranormal and uncanny which is something to be greatly feared Freud’s ideas on the uncanny are perceptive and far reaching They can be applied to literature so easily There are many wonderful essays out there linking the ideas to Jane Eyre and Great Expectations amongst others too There is much to this work than its applications on gothic literature but for me as an English student and lover of the gothic that’s the main piece of knowledge I take from this work This is compelling stuff

  2. says:

    Anyone with even the most basic understanding of logic will probably be bothered by the way Freud draws his conclusions here particularly in the celebrated Da Vinci essay that makes up the bulk of this volume Even the goddam translator can't help but point out some of Freud's glaring mistakes though he does so in the most laudatory way possible I'd say that logically speaking most of the book is about on par with the following conversation from the 1966 Batman movieCommissioner Gordon It could be any one of them But which one? Which ones?Batman Pretty fishy what happened to me on that ladderCommissioner Gordon You mean where there's a fish there could be a penguin?Robin But wait It happened at sea Sea C for CatwomanBatman Yet an exploding shark was pulling my legCommissioner Gordon The JokerChief O'Hara All adds up to a sinister riddle Riddle R RiddlerCommissioner Gordon A thought strikes me So dreadful I scarcely dare give it utteranceBatman The four of them Their forces combinedRobin Holy nightmareBut obvious fallacies aside I really enjoyed The Uncanny The titular final essay in particular was fun and will of course be useful for thesis type stuff Plus there's a sweet Max Ernst cover to look at when you're done reading

  3. says:

    35 starsThis is a series of 5 essays The title one The Uncanny is the most interesting but there is also one on childhood memories which I found fascinating I'm very intrigued by what we remember If you can get past the fact that Freud thinks everything is about sex and all women are hysterical he had some pretty interesting ideas

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    Uncanny Holmes is the word's most familiar context and there Watson means beyond natural explanation In The Uncanny Freud digs deeper into the word Explaining uncanny by its synonyms supernatural preternatural weird mysterious isn't adeuate The word has its origins in the German word for hidden or concealed heimlich but a secondary meaning of heimlich is “familiar and so the word contains its near opposite Unheimlich uncanny then gives us something like the familiarconcealed unconcealed This leads Freud to repressed sexual impulses the familiar and concealed that unconceal themselves symbolically through dreams and neurotic behavior But then Freud makes a leap “the unconscious mechanisms familiar to us in ‘dream work’ psychoanalyzing dreams also operate in the process of imaginative writing The familiarconcealed unconceals itself in fiction Uncanny as applied to aesthetics What would be an example of the uncanny in literature? Freud Freud uotes E Jentsh “One of the surest devices for producing slightly uncanny effects through story telling is to leave the reader wondering whether a particular figure is real person or an automaton tkAccording to Jentsh E T A Hoffmann freuently used a similar psychological maneuver in his fiction One of Hoffmann’s stories was called “The Sand Man” and concerns that familiar figure who puts children to sleep In Hoffmann’s story a nursemaid cloaks the boy's innocent common version of the sandman with a sinister version She tells the little boy that the Sand Man is a bad man who throws sand in children’s eye which makes them pop out all bloody The Sand Man scoops up the eyes and takes them to the moon to feed his children The comforting familiar is transformed into mysterious horror or something uncanny Freud argues that the uncanny events in the story represent a boy child’s fear of physical castration by his father The little boy's emotional reaction in the story is not just to the evil sandman but to his psychological dread of what his father might be planning for him For the story to be effective the reader too must get what the boy gets at some level Was this Hoffmann's intent in writing the story or was Hoffmann himself unaware of exactly what he was doing? Freud offers several other examples of the uncanny in literature evil eyes doubles dead bodies revenants etc and examines how they function in the stories Unfortunately Freud doesn’t spend as much time with writers as I would have hoped but moves on to Leonardo da Vinci Most of the book is Freud’s psychohistory of the artist He attempts to explain the uncanny elements in Leonardo’s art unfinished paintings from Leonardo’s childhood traumatic experiences and repressed sexual drives It’s easy to get impatient with Freud when he makes connections that are little than guesswork I’d argue that Freud knows he’s creating something of a fiction “Should my exposition prompt the judgment even among friends of psychoanalysis that I have done no than write a psychoanalytical novel I would certainly not overrate the reliability of my findings I have yielded like others to the fascination of this great and enigmatic figure in whose nature one senses powerful instinctual passions which can nevertheless express themselves only a strangely subdued fashion”So if you’re interested in how a vulture inspired Mona Lisa The Uncanny provides the answer Well a possible answer

  5. says:

    I have previously reviewed the essay The Uncanny and the review is attached to another edition of the work Now I address the complete collection of essays by the same title in the paperback Penguin editionTo put it briefly the collection is an assortment of fascinating sometimes compelling thoughts observations reflections and unscientific speculations that may challenge your ideas about the nature of memories repression and fear For me they also unfortunately forced me to confront new doubts about the legitimacy of Freud's conclusionsHere he appears to have brushed upon the truth without necessarily revealing it and perhaps also to have distorted the truth by forcing his evidence to conform to his absolute notions of what really goes on within the human psyche He often acknowledges some of the limitations to his approach but that also seems to be reluctant and half hearted acknowledgment compelled by the awareness of how critics are sure to view his most extreme assertions But he never really retreats he only notes that he has foreseen our objections as though to suggest that by anticipating our thoughts he has kept one step ahead and thus overcome those objectionsTo me the most appealing and successful essays are the first and last Screen Memories and The Uncanny The Creative Writer and Daydreaming has some interesting thoughts though it is rather light Family Romances is provocative but also far fetched And finally Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of his Childhood is simply insane All of them are worth reading but to various degrees one must maintain a healthy skepticism when doing so

  6. says:

    Interesting perplexing and analytical

  7. says:

    The essays that comprise this edition are basically Freud's answer to literaryart criticism Included here is an introduction that doesn't exactly encourage reading the book and which is actually half the size of the five essays contained in it Haughton describes Freud's theories on creative motivation as poorly researched vague and inconclusive He certainly finds it to be a minor contribution to the Freud canon So my uestion still is is it?As far as psychoanalytic theory goes yes because this is an example of Freud merely applying psychoanalytic ideas to an interpretation of art The first essay Screen Memories generally states that the artist creates works of fantasized scenarios in order to replace unpleasant memories from the past or to imagine pleasant situations that the future may possess The Creative Writer and Daydreaming tells us much of the same However Freud does make an interesting distinction between the writer's creation fantasy and the dream People are usually ashamed of the latter the writer on the other hand is than willing to share their innermost desires and longings in the form of a fictional narrative or even and this is slightly anachronistic a film Family Romances applies the Oedipal complex to the erotic content of these fictional fantasies Freud explains that the child's knowledge of the sexual roles of mother and father leads young boys to imagine different sexual fantasies or acts of Oedipal infidelity with the motherSo it's all here; repression neuroses the Oedipal complex etc The problem is that Freud rarely uses examples from literature or art until the last two essays The first essay fails from a certain theoretical weakness There are just too many examples of works of art that are entirely unpleasant These works function in order to reveal certain tragedies and social atrocities Not all art emanates from the perspective of an imagination that wants to experience nothing but pleasureHis biographical sketch on Leonardo da Vinci seemed much thought out Freud explains that Leonardo replaced his passion for art with that of scientific study as the result of as an attempt to remove himself from sexual passion He also psychoanalyzes a dream that da Vinci once had about a vulture swooping down into his cradle and brushing it's tail against his open mouth Of course the tail is representative of the male sex organ which has thus replaced the act of da Vinci's early memory of sucking at his mother's breast Da Vinci thus develops a passive homosexual fantasy and these were the motivations behind his homosexual leanings Also the enigmatic smile of Mona Lisa is Leonardo's most sublime representation of motherhood The titular essay was very interesting Using a somewhat convoluted example from ETA Hoffman's Tales of Hoffman Freud presents the uncanny unheimlich as the discomfort of intellectual certainty at times this merges with the comfortable or easily understandable phenomena heimlich This results in people attributing certain occurrences to mythology or an animistic mode of thinking Through the repetition of an uncanny occurrence the line becomes blurred between art and reality Psychoanalysis has obviously held a widespread influence upon twentieth century art which is why it seems strange that Freud is somewhat inept at applying his theory while interpreting art It's possible that he just couldn't devote enough time to these works I must say that the last two essays were the finest accomplishments in this edition and maybe if Freud would've kept at it then he could have written well executed opinions on art However these essays make psychoanalysis seem as effective a method of analyzing artistic motivation as sociobiology does human behavior

  8. says:

    Freud has a few rhetorical tics that make his stuff endearing in a fireside chat with grandpa kind of way but eually frustrating because they so totally confound anything like logical progressionFor instance he does this thing when he has clearly painted himself into a corner where instead of saying something like so any conclusions I draw must be ualified with this unknown or so let's dig deeper into why this contradiction exists and maybe I don't know revise our original thesis depending on what we find he doubles down and makes these seem like they're actually the strongest and most obvious points in his arguments That's why readers end up with a bunch of paragraphs whose concluding remarks look something like but everyone already knows enough about how hysterical women are am I right fellas? so I'm not going to waste ink on it no matter how vital it is to the larger point I'm trying to makeDid I mention this book is very dated?Another tic especially prominent in The Uncanny is partially conseuent to the one above That is Freud's works build a sense of momentum by plowing through obstacles a lesser psychoanalyst might feel obligated to stop and address a momentum whose trajectory promises a certain kind of intensely satisfying conclusion that is never fulfilled Instead he ends all his longer pieces pretty much the same way which is effectively the written version of finishing a 2 hour dissertation by shrugging and shuffling out the door before the A begins

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    It may be that the uncanny unhomely is something familiar homely homey that has been repressed and then reappears and that everything uncanny satisfies this conditionWe once regarded such things as real possibilities; we were convinced that they really happened Today we no longer believe in them having surmounted such modes of thought Yet we do not feel entirely secure in these new convictions; the old ones live on in us on the look out for confirmation Now as soon as something happens in our lives that seems to confirm these old discarded beliefs we experience a sense of uncanny and this may be reinforced by judgments like the following So it's true then that you can kill another man just by wishing him dead that the dead really go on living and manifest themselves at the scene of their former activities and so onThe uncanny element we know from experience arises either when repressed childhood complexes are revived by some impression or when primitive beliefs that have been surmounted appear to be once again confirmed

  10. says:

    i love freud i love the way he writes the way he thinks the tools he uses to decode the human interactions with the self and with the others with the societybut what i loved most about this book is the his title the concept itselfit's very rich yet precise clear yet confusingin french it's called l'inuietant familierand freud built the presentation of his concept upon a short story by Hoffmann marchand de sable it is published with the uncanny i read it IT IS UNCANNY heheone last thing the introduction of the book by Simone Korff Sausse i didnt know her name before she made a very interesting introduction giving freud the praise he deserves YET being very very critical to how he analyzed women sexuality in this precise context she did a great job by not using the usual old criticism freud gets for what is considered his phallic fixation i liked what she wrote because it's genuine and directly related to this text with clear intelligent points to revealreading this tiny book was a pleasant experience and a very enriching one

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