How Weird Is Intellectual Uncertainty?

What Freud does in “The Uncanny” is try to define the unnatural things that creep into our affecting impulses. He notes the previous study of common aesthetics as purely concerned with positive emotions. Through his comparison of the definitions of German words Heimlich and Unheimlich, and analysis of “The Sandman” in which he thinks the uncanny is used as a literary device, Freud persuades the reader into the unknown territory of the eerie. “[T]he uncanny would always be an area in which a person was unsure of his way around” (Freud; p. 125). Some clear examples of the uncanny that I took from the reading seem to be coincidence or déjà vu, feeling an oddness, like something unnatural is occurring.

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