Freud and the Uncanny at Freud Museum London
The uncanny is everywhere…
Our broad interest in the phenomenon and the word can be traced to Freud’s now celebrated 1919 essay “Das Unheimliche”—in English “The Uncanny.” This one-day course offers a close investigation of that essay and its most famous example, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale “The Sandman.” A classic case study in relations between psychoanalysis and literature. As Freud’s argument about the uncanny is best understood by attending to the unusual form of its presentation, the emphasis throughout the day will be on practical, first-hand explorations of his and Hoffmann’s texts in all their strangeness. The invaluable resources of Freud’s home, the Museum, and the current exhibition will also come into play.
The course leader, Forbes Morlock, teaches in the English department at Syracuse University London, where he ran a seminar on “Freud, Fiction, and the Uncanny” for more than a decade. He has published regularly on Freud’s writings.
The Uncanny: A Centenary
Join us this winter for a haunting program, as we mark the centenary of the publication of Sigmund Freud’s paper on ‘The Uncanny’. The exhibition The Uncanny: A Centenary runs from 30 October 2019 to 9 February 2020, alongside a programme of related events.