Sigmund Freud - "The Uncanny" by Charlotte Kieran on Prezi

Freud’s treatment of Hoffmann’s Sand-Man is not a valid rendering because it focuses too heavily on attributing the uncanny to the castration complex, while rejecting Jentsch’s theory of intellectual uncertainty, and altogether neglecting the profound spiritual constituents of this tale....

Definition of Uncanny from Freud’s “The Uncanny” Pt

Summary of freuds essay on the uncanny < College

Erikson vs freud essay on the uncanny

Her brother rescues her, but Nathaniel jumps off the tower to his death.
The Double
"The 'Double' was originally an insurance against destruction to the ego" Otto Rank.
The quality of uncanniness can only come from the circumstance of the 'double,' a creation dating back to the early mental stage, long left behind.

Freud says it is an involuntary return to the same situation, but which differs radically from it in other respects that create the uncanny.

He uses an example: "We attach no importance to the event when we give up a coat and get a cloakroom ticket with the number, say 62; or when we find that our cabin on board a ship is numbered 62.

Freud's Concept of the Uncanny Essay -- Freudian …

After reading "The Uncanny" (pg 181-195)from the attach file
Pick one of the monster from the attach file : "Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (pg 81-96), "Dracula" (pg 115-124), "Serial Killers" (pg 205-210), "Movie Psychos and Slashers" (pg 211-218) and discuss how it supports Freud’s explanation of the uncanny. How would Freud explain your monster as an example of he uncanny .

Freud makes this point in his famous essay

Dream interpretation freud essay on the uncanny

The mythic figure who steals children's eyes.
Freud says that the uncanny is linked to the idea of being robbed of one's eyes.
He says that in dreams and myths the loss of eyes = fear of castration.
The spy glass in the story acts as a symbol for the revelation of a hidden secret.
The uncanny thus refers to something familiar that has been repressed and comes back to light.


Sandman Videos
A German Expressionist style silent film of the Sandman.

Sigmund freud in a 1919 essay entitled the uncanny

But the impression is altered if two such events, each in itself indifferent happen close together."
The impression of uncanniness would be stronger if less time passes between the shock and the actual memory.

Freud's Life
Freud was born in 1856 to Jewish parents.
He was the oldest of 8 children.
Freud entered the University of Vienna at the age of 17 to study Law but graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 1881
He was one of the most controversial and influential thinkers of the 20th Century.
He played a major role in the development of psychology and was the founding father of psychoanalysis.
His book the "Interpretation of Dreams" 1899, established the basic groundwork for the theories and ideas that formed psychoanalysis.
Why Freud was Influential?
Freud was the founding father of psychoanalysis.
He invented the 'talking therapy' we still use today.
He influenced other psychologists such as Carl Jung who studied under him.

Cinema and psychoanalysis were born around the same time.
The Guardian says: "The birth of cinema offered a collective sense of what Freud called the uncanny: the images on screen were both familiar and somehow strange, alive and yet lifeless, real but illusory."
It is the factor of involuntary repetition which surrounds an uncanny atmosphere, something that would otherwise be innocent enough.

Freud believes that uncanniness is a result ofrepressed infantile complexes and also the confirmation ofprimitive beliefs.

The Shining and Freud’s Uncanny – Stephen on Cinema

Freud’s definition of the uncanny leads me to an even bigger theoretical question about the idea of the “double” which I will address shortly, but first let us take a closer look at Freud’s idea of the uncanny.

one of the most iconic being in Sigmund Freud’s essay titled The Uncanny

An Analysis of Sigmund Freud's Concept of the Uncanny | …

[In ,] the experience of the eerie and the uncanny coincides so closely with Freud's description of the Unheimliche (the uncanny) that we are impelled to consider the Freudian derivation.

Sigmund Freud In His 1919 Essay The Uncanny

The Uncanny: In Sigmund Freud’s essay, “the Uncanny” …

This video conveys Freud's theory of the Sandman as the center of un-canniness.
The Quaker's story in "Seven Psychopaths" explains the uncanniness felt by the presence of the double very effectively.