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The Freudian Robot

Lydia H. Liu

in The Freudian Robot

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780226486826
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226486840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226486840.003.0006
The Freudian Robot

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This chapter examines the role of automata in psychoanalytic discourse by focusing on the problem of the Freudian uncanny. The accelerated advances in the technologies of animated pictures and automata have led many critics to return to Freud's original formulation. To grasp the full implications of automata for the understanding of the uncanny, it is necessary to reexamine the original point of contention between Freud and Ernst Jentsch and their contested readings. This work of reinterpretation aims to resituate the uncanny as the problem of the human–automata relationship, whereby the chapter clarifies the conceptual origins of the Freudian robot.

Keywords: Freudian robot; psychoanalytic discourse; technology; human–automata relationship

Chapter.  18861 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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