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summary Das Unheimliche 108 Í ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Das Unheimliche By Sigmund Freud ✩ – 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 was fascinated by the mysteries oWeen 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  ti. 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

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Tles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translators. 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 datedAnother 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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Das UnheimlicheFreud 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 bet. 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