Fiction and Its Phantoms: A Reading of Freud's <i>Das Unheimliche</i> (The ‘Uncanny’)

Hélène Cixous

in Volleys of Humanity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639038
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653638 | DOI:
Fiction and Its Phantoms: A Reading of Freud's Das Unheimliche (The ‘Uncanny’)

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This chapter tries to determine the pleasure that can be attributed to a reading of Freudian text. It examines Freud's Das Unheimliche, which is concerned with tracking down the concept das Unheimliche, or the uncanny. It considers the three occasions where Freud confronts the Unheimliche and looks at his attempts to describe it. The chapter also studies a paradox of writing, where it stretches its signs in order to reveal the secret that it ‘contains’. Here, ‘fiction’ becomes an anticipation of non-representation, a secretion of death, and a combination of silence and language.

Keywords: Freudian text; Das Unheimliche; uncanny; paradox of writing; fiction; non-representation

Chapter.  12016 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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