The Unconcept: The Freudian Uncanny in Late-Twentieth-Century Theory

Author(s) : Anneleen Masschelein

The Unconcept: The Freudian Uncanny in Late-Twentieth-Century Theory

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  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 230
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 33180
  • ISBN 13 : 9781438435541
  • ISBN 10 : 1438435541
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Explores the conceptualization of the Freudian uncanny in various late-twentieth-century theoretical and critical discourses.

The Unconcept is the first genealogy of the concept of the Freudian uncanny. It traces the development, paradoxes, and movements of this negative concept through various fields and disciplines from psychoanalysis, literary theory, and philosophy to film studies, genre studies, sociology, religion, architecture theory, and contemporary art. Anneleen Masschelein explores the vagaries of this “unconcept” in the twentieth century, beginning with Freud’s seminal essay “The Uncanny,” through a period of conceptual latency, leading to the first real conceptualizations in the 1970s and then on to the present dissemination of the uncanny to exotic fields such as hauntology, the study of ghosts, robotics, and artificial intelligence. She unearths new material on the uncanny from the English, French, and German traditions, and sheds light on the status of the concept in contemporary theory and practice in the humanities. In this essential reference book for researchers and students of the uncanny, the familiar contours of the intellectual history of the twentieth century appear in a new and exciting light.

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