Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Freud and the Scene of Trauma$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John Fletcher

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254590

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254590.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use (for details see http://www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 23 November 2017

Uncanny Repetitions

Uncanny Repetitions

Freud, Hoffmann, and the Death-Work

Chapter:
(p.316) Twelve Uncanny Repetitions
Source:
Freud and the Scene of Trauma
Author(s):

John Fletcher

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254590.003.0013

Chapter Twelve considers Freud’s 1919 essay “The Uncanny” contemporary with the incubation of the emergent concepts of the Death Instinct and the Superego. It locates these in the motifs of the repetition-compulsion and the double Freud cites as sources of the uncanny. It argues that Freud’s essay with its reading of Hoffmann’s The Sandman as an instance of the uncanny is a thought experiment for his playing out in displaced form of the theoretical crisis that produced the Death Instinct, as he did with his turn to the tragedies of Sophocles and Shakespeare in the theoretical crisis of the seduction theory of 1897. Freud again chooses a text structured around a traumatic primal scene and its repetition in the form of the supernatural figure of the Sandman who haunts and possess the protagonist, comparable to the daemon in Oedipus and the ghost in Hamlet. He again gives a normalizing ‘Ptolemaic’ oedipal reading that reduces the figure of the other who embodies the repetition-compulsion to the spontaneous impulses of the protagonist. Like Chapter Five, Chapter Nine undertakes a ‘Copernican’ traumatological reading of The Sandman and its companion tale of the death drive manifested in a repeated primal scene, Mademoiselle de Scudery.

Keywords:   compulsion to repeat, death drive, death-work, phallus as signifier, primal scene, psychotic enclave, the Uncanny, sublimation, superego, transmission

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .