Freud’s analysis of the uncanny.

  1. Discuss two of Freud’s significant claims that support his analysis of the “uncanny.” In other words, which attributes does he highlight that belong to this “class of the terrifying” (1)?


  1. Paraphrase the following statement by Freud using correct MLA guidelines. You may review guidelines online at Owl Purdue.  Here Freud notes another important distinction of the “uncanny”:


This is that an uncanny effect is often and easily produced by effacing the distinction between imagination and reality, such as when something that we have hitherto regarded as imaginary appears before us in reality, or when a symbol takes over the full functions and significance of the thing it symbolizes and so on. (15)


  1. How do definitions of the German terms “heimlich” and “unheimlich” add to Freud’s argument? Include at least three quotations from the article in your answer.  Consider his remarks on Schelling when answering this question.
  2. How does Jentsch’s analysis of the uncanny help explain the relationship between the animate and inanimate in “awakening uncanny sensations” (Freud 8)? Which example does Freud provide in support of the above?
  3. What is the history of the “double” in “awakening uncanny sensations” (Freud 8)?


  1. Using correct MLA guidelines, summarize two significant remarks on page 16 that further Freud’s analysis of “the uncanny.”




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