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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (CCAD)
CAS
3381
The Uncanny in Literature, Film and Art
The Uncanny in Literature, Fil
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The sensation of the Uncanny has been the subject of debates in criticism since the early days of Romanticism: Is it just a physical response to something creepy, unexpected, or inexplicable? Is it something more exalted, a variation on the Sublime, or the artistic trace of an attempt to represent what can never be represented? To understand how these questions moved from the periphery to the center of ideas about modern art, we will explore Freud's influential theory of the Uncanny, as well as accounts of the fantastic and supernatural in art. To trace some of the forms of the Uncanny, we will look into haunted houses, monsters, doubles, vampires, and ghosts in examples from fiction and film such as: Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Black Cat; E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Sandman; Henry James, The Turning of the Screw; Bram Stoker, Dracula; Carl Dreyer, Vampyr; Michal Waszynski, The Dybbuk; Jacques Tourneur, Cat People; Peter Greenaway, A Zed and Two Noughts.

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