Aug 28, Jimmy rated it it was ok Shelves: psychology. Included here is an introduction that doesn't exactly encourage reading the book, and which is actually half the size of the five essays contained in it. Haughton describes Freud's theories on creative motivation as poorly researched, vague, and inconclusive. He certainly finds it to be a minor contribution to the Freud canon.
So, my question still is, is it? As far as psychoanalytic theory goes, yes, because this is an example of Freud merely applying psychoanalytic ideas to an interpretation of art. The first essay, Screen Memories, generally states that the artist creates works of fantasized scenarios in order to replace unpleasant memories from the past, or to imagine more pleasant situations that the future may possess.
The Creative Writer and Daydreaming tells us much of the same. However, Freud does make an interesting distinction between the writer's creation fantasy and the dream. People are usually ashamed of the latter, the writer on the other hand is more than willing to share their innermost desires and longings in the form of a fictional narrative, or even and this is slightly anachronistic a film. Family Romances applies the Oedipal complex to the erotic content of these fictional fantasies.
Freud explains that the child's knowledge of the sexual roles of mother and father, leads young boys to imagine different sexual fantasies or acts of Oedipal infidelity with the mother. So it's all here; repression, neuroses, the Oedipal complex, etc.
The problem is that Freud rarely uses examples from literature, or art until the last two essays. The first essay fails from a certain theoretical weakness.
The “Uncanny”1. (). SIGMUND FREUD. I. It is only rarely that a psychoanalyst feels impelled to in- vestigate the subject of aesthetics even when aesthetics. by Freud in a letter to Ferenczi of May 12 of the same year, in which he says 1 Cf. my book Totem and Taboo (–13), Essay III, 'Animism,. Magic and the.
There are just too many examples of works of art that are entirely unpleasant. These works function in order to reveal certain tragedies and social atrocities. Not all art emanates from the perspective of an imagination that wants to experience nothing but pleasure. His biographical sketch on Leonardo da Vinci seemed much more thought out.
Freud explains that Leonardo replaced his passion for art with that of scientific study as the result of as an attempt to remove himself from sexual passion. He also psychoanalyzes a dream that da Vinci once had about a vulture swooping down into his cradle and brushing it's tail against his open mouth. Of course the tail is representative of the male sex organ which has thus replaced the act of da Vinci's early memory of sucking at his mother's breast.
Da Vinci thus develops a passive homosexual fantasy, and these were the motivations behind his homosexual leanings. Also, the enigmatic smile of Mona Lisa is Leonardo's most sublime representation of motherhood. The titular essay was very interesting. Using a somewhat convoluted example from E. A Hoffman's, Tales of Hoffman, Freud presents the uncanny unheimlich as the discomfort of intellectual certainty, at times this merges with the comfortable or easily understandable phenomena heimlich. This results in people attributing certain occurrences to mythology or an animistic mode of thinking.
Through the repetition of an uncanny occurrence, the line becomes blurred between art and reality. Psychoanalysis has obviously held a widespread influence upon twentieth century art, which is why it seems strange that Freud is somewhat inept at applying his theory while interpreting art. It's possible that he just couldn't devote enough time to these works. I must say that the last two essays were the finest accomplishments in this edition, and maybe if Freud would've kept at it, then he could have written more well executed opinions on art.
However, these essays make psychoanalysis seem as effective a method of analyzing artistic motivation as sociobiology does human behavior. Nov 20, Musa Aziz rated it liked it.
I strongly suggest reading "The Sandman" by E. A Hoffmann before reading Freud's essay on it. There is also a short movie which actually makes it really easy to understand Freud's the Uncanny. Jan 28, C. Hollis Crossman rated it it was amazing. Freud begins his essay "The Uncanny" by looking at the word itself as defined and exemplified in a number of multi-lingual dictionaries. The German word is unheimlich , which roughly translates to "un-homelike.
He extrapolates further, building on the idea of someone named Schelling, that a thing is made uncanny in virtue of being once familiar but having been forgotten or repressed in the interim. Sche Freud begins his essay "The Uncanny" by looking at the word itself as defined and exemplified in a number of multi-lingual dictionaries.
Schelling's idea is more basic—a familiar thing brought into the light when it should have remained hidden is uncanny. The linguistic investigation is followed by a number of examples of the uncanny from literature, real life experience, and Freud's case files. Freud establishes early on that fantasy and fairy tales do not produce in us a sense of the uncanny, since they are consciously removed from reality.
However, animistic beliefs or childhood neuroses thought to have been overcome, but brought back either in full force or as hideous reminders, do lead us to experience the uncanny. It also seems to be highly relevant to proponents of today's zeitgeist , who eschew belief in spirits or the supernatural, yet seem wracked with genuine terror by any reminder of societal or personal religious history.
A brief, fascinating read that I would recommend without qualification. Jan 27, Lydia Presley rated it really liked it Shelves: essays , , non-fiction. I'm going to start this review out by saying I think Freud was a little bit of a whackadoodle. Just putting that out there.
That said, there are some things in this book that make sense - in an uncanny way see what I did there? The first essay on Screen Memories had me scratching my head and questioning my childhood memories. The essay on Creative Writing and Dreams had me looking at all those creative sorts around me with a new insight. Then there is the Uncanny essay. First, let me say that for being such a "big" name, Freud defies the stereotype of boring essays by making these remarkably approachable and interesting.
What a change in a few hours! But first of all, it is important. The sense of the uncanny which proceeds from infantile complexes is as powerful in fiction as in reality. Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud was born in Moravia. The Sand Man scoops up the eyes and takes them to the moon to feed his children. Herr P.
In a way, they almost read like fiction - what with all the "subjects" he casually throws into the conversation. Now, the uncanny essay - I am studying it so much this summer and it is a treasure trove of delights. Stop for a moment and think about it. Can you define uncanny? If you can't - this essay is for you. You might want to skip the first part, although if you read it I can talk to you and let you know just how the first part is uncanny in and of itself! Highly, highly recommend, especially if you are a fan of the horror or "uncanny" genre of book. Will give you fantastic insights into just what is making those hairs on the back of your neck raise.
Apr 30, Katelis Viglas rated it it was amazing Shelves: psychology , psychiatry-anti-psychiatry. An excellent, not well-known work by Sigmund Freud. I refer excactly to the essay under the title,"The Uncanny" Das Unheimliche. Many awful pshychanalitic interpretations are fortunately absent.
Many older freudian motifs return, but the way the writer proceeds from one matter to the next is so slight, impreceptible. It can be included among the freudian works of literary criticism, especially as regards the genre of imaginative literature. As usually, many human believes are revealed to be il An excellent, not well-known work by Sigmund Freud.
As usually, many human believes are revealed to be illusions, or so considered. The neurotic symptoms are the revival of the child and the primitive. But exactly because the Subject is always guilty, the interpretations of the cultural phenomena are reduced ecxlusively to pshychological causes in a mechanistic, of nineteenth century's positivistic interpretative schema. Instead of the Object, it is the Subject to which all the properties of the uncanny are attributed.
Freud's views on magic and superstition are based mainly on James Frazer's, Godlen Bought, and of course are so much old fashioned, as, for example, Ludwig Wittgenstein has observed; magic doesn't derive only from the belief of omnipotence of thoughts, but may reflects the social conditions of an era. Well, where is the uncanny? Apr 22, Taylor rated it it was amazing.
Four of Freud's other essays are collected here as well as "The Uncanny. In other words, it wasn't quite as much fun to read because Four of Freud's other essays are collected here as well as "The Uncanny. In other words, it wasn't quite as much fun to read because you couldn't extrapolate quite as freely in reference to your own psychology; and isn't it applying Freud to one's self that, while certainly no his most important trait, is what constitutes his most attention retaining quality?