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Helene Cixous and Eric Prenowitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639038

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639038.001.0001

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

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

(p.15) Chapter 1 Fiction and Its Phantoms: A Reading of Freud's Das Unheimliche (The ‘Uncanny’)
Volleys of Humanity

Hélène Cixous

Edinburgh University Press

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

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