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Notes About Romanticism, The Uncanny, Automata and …
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.