The Uncanny

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Penguin, 2003 - Psychology - 161 pages
24 Reviews
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 investigates the vivid but seemingly trivial childhood memories that often "screen" deeply uncomfortable desires; the links between 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 psychobiography.

  

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User Review  - Whitney - Goodreads

The way he (deliberately?) misreads Kant immediately made me distrust this essay as much as any of his others. But a fascinating literary analysis, if not a compelling psychological one. Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

One of Freud's best and least referenced works. In this piece Freud explores the roots of what cause shock and horror to the human pysche. This is definitely a work writers and would be writers should well acquaint themselves with and apply to their understanding of crafting great works of fiction. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
vii
Translators Preface
lxi
Screen Memories
1
The Creative Writer and Daydreaming
23
Family Romances
35
Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of his Childhood
43
The Uncanny
121
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The Nervous System
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About the author (2003)

Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 in Moravia; between the ages of four and eighty-two his home was in Vienna: in 1938 Hitler's invasion of Austria forced him to seek asylum in London, where he died in the following year.

His career began with several years of brilliant work on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. He was almost thirty when, after a period of study under Charcot in Paris, his interests first turned to psychology, and another ten years of clinical work in Vienna(at first in collaboration with Breuer, an older colleague) saw the birth of his creation, psychoanalysis. This began simply as a method of treating neurotic patients by investigating their minds, but it quickly grew into an accumulation of knowledge about the workings of the mind in general, whether sick or healthy. Freud was thus able to demonstrate the normal development of the sexual instinct in childhood and, largely on the basis of an examination of dreams, arrived at his fundamental discovery of the unconscious forces that influence our everyday thoughts and actions. Freud's life was uneventful, but his ideas have shaped not only many specialist disciplines, but the whole intellectual climate of the last half-century

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