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Royle never manages to reveal to the reader the full complexity of Freud's concept of the uncanny. If we go back to Freud's essay, we see that he defines the uncanny as "that class of the frightening which leads back to what is known of old and long familiar." One source of the uncanny, he says, is repressed infantile beliefs and desires, e.g., the Oedipus complex. The second source lies in surmounted beliefs, which, generally speaking, give expression to the animistic conception of the universe prevalent in mankind's infancy. Examples of surmounted beliefs include the omnipotence of thoughts, the belief that the dead can return as spirits, and the belief that the inanimate can become animate. Part of the process of intellectual maturation is to give up this class of beliefs, but most of us, perhaps all of us, fail to do so to a greater or lesser degree. Insofar as we abandon these beliefs, they can be said to be surmounted.

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any scholars regard Freud's essay on the uncanny as a work of great importance, but none of them, as far as I know, ever devoted a book to Freud's seminal text until Nicholas Royle, a professor of English at the University of Sussex, wrote the study under review here. Royle's book could thus have been a significant addition to the commentary on Freud in particular and to cultural studies in general. Unfortunately, however, the weaknesses in Royle's work greatly outnumber its strengths. Therefore, the book must be judged a missed opportunity.

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Any reading of a theoretical text should concern itself, at least in part, with such questions, especially when the text possesses the status of Freud's essay on the uncanny. Royle's study contains little of such questioning. Furthermore, with regard to the third set of questions, Royle even goes so far as to refuse to take up the issue of Freud's misreading of literary texts (53). Instead, Royle says, he is concerned with what Freud's text brings to light.

So, here are my notes on The Uncanny/Das Unheimliche within the scope of the gothic
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