Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Uncanny” as Want to Read:
The Uncanny
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Uncanny

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This is the first book-length study of the uncanny, an important concept for contemporary thinking and debate across a range of disciplines and discourses, including literature, film, architecture, cultural studies, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and queer theory. Much of this importance can be traced back to Freud's essay of 1919, "The uncanny," where he was perhaps the firs ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Manchester University Press (first published February 22nd 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Uncanny, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Uncanny

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Liam Guilar
The book starts out as discussion of Freud's essay of the same name and then spins out into separate chapters on a range of "uncanny" subjects. At times this makes the book feel like a random assortment of essays in search of thematic coherence. Having said that some of the chapters are very good: the one on teaching as an uncanny activity is almost worth the price of admission.

However, the book is written under the sign of Derrida, who seems to be so indispensable to the argument that hardy a
Carmen Tudor
Very interesting but it seems as though the contents would feel less disjointed if delivered individually rather than as a whole (the preface indicates many sections were originally presented at university conferences). Not a bad read, but by no means my favourite book on the uncanny.
Sep 09, 2007 Lilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The graph/theory evolving from this essay changed my life 5 years 6 years ago - now I know why I can't see ads for the new cut of the exorcist or the part of roger rabbit when christopher lloyd is squished and walking around without having minor heart palpitations. After babbling incoherently about this theory and it's lovely graph for years, the internet has provided me with proof.

Check out the graph:

wikipedia has a pretty good entry too:
Jul 14, 2008 Yael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Uncanny is a psychoanalytical term that has long become an interdisciplinary concept. Royle discuss this captivating concept/idea/term/effect in his book through different disciplines, uses and examples. After reading this book and dealing with the uncanny for a few years I believe one can say that uncanny shadow accompanies any writing on the uncanny. I find this book fascinating.
Sep 08, 2007 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fortheorygeeks
I love this book so desperately and I can't find it anywhere! If you see a copy, buy it for me and I'll pay you back. Please please please!
Yousra Bushehri
I enjoy reading all things weird about the human and our experiences. And so, I really loved this! Definitely one I'll be rereading more closely without the dread of a deadline following me.
Roger Whitson
This book starts off well enough. I just can't take all the "performatives." Maybe I'm getting crotchety in my old age. I just want people to write a book that's USEFUL! BAH!!

Siân rated it really liked it
Feb 22, 2012
Franz Biberkopf
Franz Biberkopf rated it liked it
Jan 30, 2015
فادي زغموت
فادي زغموت rated it really liked it
Jan 15, 2013
Karen McCahon
Karen McCahon rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2015
Tracy Fahey
Tracy Fahey rated it really liked it
Jul 19, 2016
Oliver Smith
Oliver Smith rated it liked it
Sep 07, 2014
Paris rated it liked it
Sep 16, 2012
Miggy Angel
Miggy Angel rated it it was amazing
Jan 17, 2011
Theadora rated it really liked it
Mar 12, 2013
Kitzel rated it really liked it
Dec 25, 2015
M rated it really liked it
Sep 24, 2011
Danielle Copeland
Danielle Copeland rated it really liked it
Mar 05, 2016
Ian rated it really liked it
Sep 24, 2011
David rated it liked it
Jun 13, 2014
Amy Pay
Amy Pay rated it really liked it
Feb 07, 2015
Anna rated it liked it
Dec 23, 2012
Stefanie rated it really liked it
Nov 21, 2014
Natascha Snellman
Natascha Snellman rated it liked it
Aug 13, 2014
Bill Brydon
Bill Brydon rated it it was amazing
Dec 10, 2014
Paul Curd
Paul Curd rated it really liked it
Jan 13, 2012
Paul Fecteau
Paul Fecteau rated it it was amazing
Apr 23, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Nicholas Royle is the author of seven novels, two novellas and a short story collection. He has edited sixteen anthologies of short stories. A senior lecturer in creative writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, he also runs Nightjar Press, publishing original short stories as signed, limited-edition chapbooks. He works as a fiction reviewer for The Independe ...more
More about Nicholas Royle...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »