Royle Nicholas, 2003, Introduction to the Uncanny, Manchester, Manchester University Press
- Uncanny involves feelings of uncertainity regarding reality of who one is and what is being experienced
- It is not simply an experience of strangness or alienation but also a link of the familiar and unfamiliar taking the form of something familiar unexpectedly arising in a strange and unfamiliar context
- Feeling of Uncanniness may come from coincidences, a sense of things 'fated' or 'meant to happen'
- Uncanny can result in something grusome and terrible - death, corpses, cannibalism , live bural, the return of the dead
- framing and boarders create limited experience or feeling of nostalgia or 'home sickness' compulsion to return to an inorganic state
-Heidegger, 20th century believed the character of our being in the world is uncanny
"the surrealism of the habitual"
- A effect not classed as uncanny but has similiar ideas - "In turning the object... from something ordinary, familiar, immediately accessible, into something peculiar, striking, unexpected." (Brecht, 2003, Pg 5)
1. Mischievous, Malicious (obselete)
3. Unrealable, not to be trusted
4a. of persons: Not quite safe to trust or have dealings with associated with supernatural arts or powers
b. Partaking of a supernatural character, mysterious, werid, uncomfortably strange or unfamiliar
c. In comb - Unpleasantly servere or hard
5. Dangerious, unsafe
- Johnson's account of 'new world' ghostliness of machines but also of feelings, concepts and beliefs
- Film and Photography emerged to undermine unique identity of objects and people, reproducing the appearances creating a parallel world of phantasmatic doubles alongside the concrete world (Royle, 2003, Pg 75)
- Photographic image - question of the double
- Film - idea that frame started to move the frame is never still
- Everyone has an eerie double "Ewer's film is uncanny because film is uncanny" (Royle, 2003, pg77)
- "Film is in it's essence a world of doubles." (Pg 78)
- The image, the spectator, the gaze, voyeurism, fetishism, objectification of the woman, the flashback, etc rise feelings of uncanniness - film industry contains such feelings to tame the 'domestic audience'
- Film extra - sense of ghostly double impelled by fantasy or dream of identity engaged in minor part, one of the crowd
6. Silence, Solitude and ...
- "Did you say something?
- I heard a voice
- In your head?
- No, in yours." (Royle, 2003, Pg 107) - idea of insanity and listening to personalities created by subconcious
- unfamiliar becoming familiar to one's self state and mind
- Freud's essay returns to idea of 'Uncanniness' moving around in the darkness - idea of concealed, kept from us
- The origin of Uncanny effect of silence, darkness and solitude
-Losing one's way in the dark
- Frightened of the dark, Children frightened of strangers and not seeing the person they love and rely on
12. The Double
- "the double is uncanny harbinger of death one may want one's double dead but death of the double will always be the death of oneself"
- 'Name' itself becomes 'uncanny harbinger'
- capable of outliving it's bearer and belonging to a stranger as well as self
- inhuman with the name e.g Romeo would be a stranger without his name because he wouldn't be who he is as a person
- idea of heart not truely belonging to us
- " a certain exteriorty of the automaton" (Derrida, 2003, pg 93) of a foreign body and deathly power of repetition ( unfamiliar within our own bodies).
15. Manifestations of insanity: Hunger and contemporary fiction
- impression of automatic process at work behind appearance of mental activity
- self and multiple identity
- Hunger - the cause of fits and manifestations
- 'phantom effects'
- "it's the darkness of the 'I', I in a state of utter absense of self" (Galloway, 2003, Pg 217)