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.
Posted in Psychology

The Uncanny

Author: Nicholas Royle

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719055614

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

View: 6276

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.
Posted in Literary Criticism


Author: Paul Jennings

Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

ISBN: 0140371028

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 2034

Uncanny! I stared at Dad's eyes through the gas mask and remembered our handshake. A deal is a deal. With pounding heart, I walked into the soggy, wet mouth of the dead whale. It's uncanny . . . turning into a dung beetle, catching someone else's tattoos, being in bed with a ghost who tickles, seeing a flying dog.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Uncanny Valley

Adventures in the Narrative

Author: Lawrence Weschler

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1619020513

Category: Art

Page: 272

View: 3115

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.
Posted in Art

The "uncanny" in literature

an apology for its investigation

Author: Siegbert Salomon Prawer

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 25

View: 2598

Posted in Literary Criticism

The Uncanny

Author: Andrew Klavan

Publisher: Island Books

ISBN: 9780307791221

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 9413

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.
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The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation

Author: Angela Tinwell

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 146658694X

Category: Computers

Page: 236

View: 1085

Advances in technology have enabled animators and video game designers to design increasingly realistic, human-like characters in animation and games. Although it was intended that this increased realism would allow viewers to appreciate the emotional state of characters, research has shown that audiences often have a negative reaction as the human likeness of a character increases. This phenomenon, known as the Uncanny Valley, has become a benchmark for measuring if a character is believably realistic and authentically human like. This book is an essential guide on how to overcome the Uncanny Valley phenomenon when designing human-like characters in digital applications. In this book, the author provides a synopsis of literature about the Uncanny Valley phenomenon and explains how it was introduced into contemporary thought. She then presents her theories on its possible psychological causes based on a series of empirical studies. The book focuses on how aspects of facial expression and speech can be manipulated to overcome the Uncanny Valley in character design. The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation presents a novel theory that goes beyond previous research in that the cause of the Uncanny Valley is based on a perceived lack of empathy in a character. This book makes an original, scholarly contribution to our current understanding of the Uncanny Valley phenomenon and fills a gap in the literature by assessing the biological and social roots of the Uncanny Valley and its implications for computer-graphics animation.
Posted in Computers


Author: Sarah Fine

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

ISBN: 9781542046466

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 316

View: 1454

Two sisters. One death. No memories. Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin--a sophisticated brain-computer interface--may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions--and dread of what the answers might mean. When a downward spiral of self-destruction forces Cora to work with an AI counselor, she finds an unexpected ally, even as others around her grow increasingly convinced that Hannah's death was no accident. As Cora's dark past swirls chaotically with the versions of Hannah's life and death that her family and friends want to believe, Cora discovers the disturbing depths of what some people may do--including herself. With her very sanity in question, Cora is forced to face her greatest fear. She will live or die by what she discovers.
Posted in Young Adult Fiction


Author: David Macinnis Gill

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062290185

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 544

View: 2532

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.
Posted in Young Adult Fiction

Rethinking the Uncanny in Hoffmann and Tieck

Author: Marc Falkenberg

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039102846

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

View: 3634

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."
Posted in Literary Criticism

The Uncanny

Author: Peter Hepplewhite,Neil Tonge

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9780806938790

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 5341

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


The Uncanny and Language in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Author: N.A


ISBN: 3961160600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 25

View: 4086

The aim of the following dissertation is an analysis of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass in regard to the uncanny and its relation to language. For the purpose of the study on the psychoanalytical concept of the uncanny in connection with linguistic theory, the most important theories have been evaluated in the first chapter of the dissertation, titled “The Concept of the Uncanny and its Relation to Language”. Afterwards the chapter “The Uncanny and Language in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass” applies the acquired theoretical framework to the two selected texts in order to understand the different ways in which Carroll manipulates language in order to create an uncanny atmosphere.
Posted in Literary Criticism

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: 7014

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.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Night Shadows

Twentieth-century Stories of the Uncanny

Author: Joan Kessler

Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

ISBN: 9781567921809

Category: Fiction

Page: 297

View: 742

Posted in Fiction

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

View: 6577

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.
Posted in Social Science


Author: Onyx Pen Drygon

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781452038445

Category: Fiction

Page: 76

View: 5612

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.
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History Films, Women, and Freud's Uncanny

Author: Susan E. Linville

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292702691

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 197

View: 698

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.
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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

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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.
Posted in Literary Criticism

The Uncanny

Experiments in Cyborg Culture

Author: Bruce Grenville

Publisher: arsenal pulp press

ISBN: 9781551521169

Category: Art

Page: 279

View: 4422

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.
Posted in Art