Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Essay plan with Tracey

During the tutorial, Tracey felt that the previous essay plan and draft didn't have enough structure and not enough clear links to the uncanny so we looked back at the key themes to create a plan that would make the essay flow and follow on the points in order instead of trying to overload one paragraph with too many ideas.


- introduce question
- explain research sources used
- brief order of points raised

- Freud's definition of the uncanny (doubles e.g. imitation of the real; unheimlich e.g. familiar becoming unfamiliar; concealed/kept hidden with evil intentions to harm; examples: undead; special powers)

-         Discussing the specific characteristics of the vampire and how they relate to Freud’s uncanny theory using visual examples (imitation, concealed: undead, fangs that can harm - look like us but we are their prey; what also is concealed is the special powers of shape shifting in order to get around)

- discuss the sexualisation/sexual acts of the vampire and how that relates to the uncanny leading onto the feminine characteristics of vampire regarding looks but also the idea of giving birth to life all be it after death relates to uncanny 

- Freud's opinion of the womb - when we look back the space seems uncanny to develop in – make it clear the link between the uncanny and freuds theories regarding the womb
- discuss how the womb relates to horror films such as vampire and its effects as well as leading on to Frankenstein

-         Frankenstein and the idea of man giving birth
-         how the idea of man giving birth relates to the uncanny
-         giving birth but also taking life, the human becoming a monster slowly

- revisit the theory of familiar becoming unfamiliar how the creator is slowly perceived as the monster over his creation, the viewer seeing what was human becoming monster no longer concealed evil rising through actions (maybe analyse this transformation through visuals) retain human features and emotions though

- make the link between Dr Frankenstein and the Fly (Dr Frankenstein: internal change where as the Fly we see a full physical change) how is one or the other more uncanny? also unlike most transformations into beasts the fly is about transformation into an insect, again how is this more unnerving?)


- sum up points raised - links to a hiden identity in character and role of gender swapping
- don't introduce anything new
- form an overall opinion based on evidence of the uncanny identities within both examples

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