Uncanny Modernity: Cultural Theories, Modern Anxieties

Hardcover | May 15, 2008

EditorJohn Jervis

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The uncanny is an experience of disorientation, where the world suddenly seems strange, alienating or threatening. Using film, literature, and perspectives from cultural theory, this book explores the sense in which the uncanny may be a distinctively modern experience, the way these unnerving feelings and unsettling encounters disturb the rational presumptions of the modern world view and the security of modern self-identity, just as the latter may themselves be implicated in the production of these experiences as uncanny.

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The uncanny is an experience of disorientation, where the world suddenly seems strange, alienating or threatening. Using film, literature, and perspectives from cultural theory, this book explores the sense in which the uncanny may be a distinctively modern experience, the way these unnerving feelings and unsettling encounters disturb ...

JO COLLINS is Teaching Assistant in Cultural Studies in the Department of English and American Literature at the University of Kent.JOHN JERVIS is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Kent.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.59 × 5.64 × 0.71 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230517714

ISBN - 13:9780230517714

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Table of Contents

Introduction--J. Collins and J. Jervis * Uncanny Presences--J. Jervis * Night and the Uncanny--E. Bronfen * The Uncanny in Modernist Film--J. Donald * Memory and Resistance in Contemporary Ghost Films--S. Brewster * Trauma Narratives--R. Luckhurst * Freud, Jung, and the "Spectral Woman"--J. Collins * The Urban Uncanny--J. Wolfreys * The Uncanny as Modern Gnosis--M. Saler * Terrorism and the Uncanny--D. Punter * On the Psychology of the Uncanny (1906)--E. Jentsch * Index