The Uncanny
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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)
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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...more
Lilly
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:
http://www.cnet.com.au/i/r/2006/Games...

wikipedia has a pretty good entry too: http://en.wiki...more
Yael
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.
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!!

Anne
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!
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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
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