The uncanny

By Nicholas Royle

The uncanny
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  • ISBN: 9780719055614
  • Publish Date: Feb 2003
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5561-4
    • Pages: 352
    • Price: £19.99
    • Published Date: February 2003


    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.


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    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

    The uncanny

    By Nicholas Royle

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