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    And why? I would say Literature, because it's really a redundant psychology but the longevity of it and also the social and psychological impact (and of Freud in general).
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    (Original post by will_law25)
    And why? I would say Literature, because it's really a redundant psychology but the longevity of it and also the social and psychological impact (and of Freud in general).
    People have opinions, but vague questions on this forum suggest someone is looking for someone to do their their homework or write an essay for them rather than engage with an issue intellectually.

    Nevertheless, I believe that it was either Rosemary Jackson or Tzvetan Todorov who suggested that 'uncanny literature' was grounded historically; that is, the likes of Sigmund Freud, Ernst Jentsch and Otto Rank developed psychological theories to systematize these occurrences from a particular period of nineteenth-century literature. Because these occurrences were then explained the literature could no longer be uncanny. I might be conflating two completely separate issues here (it is a long time since I looked at these issues and I am not going to fact check for TSR), particularly with Todorov's phraseology (the fantastic), but Freud's major example is Hoffman so I am sticking to what I have put forward at the moment.

    In summary, I would suggest that you miss the point slightly; the uncanny is supposed to be historically redundant in the same way that the 'psychology of the Renaissance man' historically discontinues with the introduction of new social systems. That does not stop a psychologist creating a theory and using literature from the period to back up his point of view.

    I hope I have made this clear.
 
 
 
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