The uncanny

By Nicholas Royle

The uncanny

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5561-4
  • Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: February 2003
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, Humanities / Witchcraft, LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory, LITERARY CRITICISM / Horror & Supernatural, Literary theory, Literature: history & criticism, Literature


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.


List of illustrations
1. The uncanny: an introduction
2. Supplement: 'The sandman'
3. Literature, teaching, psychoanalysis
4. Film
5. The death drive
6. Silence, solitude and...
7. Darkness
8. Night writing
9. Inexplicable
10. Buried alive
11. Déjà vu
12. The double
13. Chance encounter
14. Cannibalism
15. Manifestations of insanity
16. A crowded after-life
17. To be announced
18. Mole
19. The 'telepathy effect'
20. Phantom text
21. The private parts of Jesus Christ
22. Book end
The uncanny: a bibliography


Nicholas Royle is Professor of English at the University of Sussex

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