Sigmund freud the concept of the uncanny was later elaborated on and developed by sigmund freud in his 1919 essay the uncanny, which also draws on the work of hoffmann (whom freud refers to as the unrivalled master of the uncanny in literature.
The uncanny experience is something that we can encounter ourselves, and when we do experience it, it is a very uneasy, and in the extreme, terrifying situation, which is worsened by the fact the it cannot be explained. Freud's general thesis: the uncanny is anything we experience in adulthood that reminds us of earlier psychic stages, of aspects of our unconscious life, or of the primitive experience of the human species.
On the psychology of the uncanny (1906)1 ernst jentsch translator’s preface in his famous essay on the uncanny, first published in 1919,2 sigmund freud begins by complaining that aesthetics has hitherto not paid much attention to the aberrant and the repulsive. Freud opens his essay by giving a definition of what “uncanny” is: “belonging to all that is terrible – to all that arouses dread and creeping horror” (freud 1) freud’s definition of the uncanny leads me to an even bigger theoretical question about the idea of the “double” which i will address shortly, but first let us take. Freud’s essay, he suggests, is a “rare” inquiry into the aesthetic, since he will be looking at books and such where the “uncanny” (“unheimlich”) have a central place—or are said to.
The uncanny, by seminal psychologist sigmund freud, posits that childhood memories influence or determine adult artistic expression freud (1856-1939) published the essay in 1919, under the original german name, das unheimliche. -- freud's thesis: unheimlich, the uncanny = revelation of what is private and concealed, of what is hidden hidden not only from others, but also from the self in freudian terminology: the uncanny is the mark of the return of the repressed.
An extraordinary collection of thematically linked essays, including the uncanny, screen memories and family romances leonardo da vinci fascinated freud primarily because he was keen to know why his personality was so incomprehensible to his contemporaries.
In sigmund freud’s essay, the uncanny, (das unheimlich), we finally have a psychological explanation of why certain things are scary to us whether or not we agree with freud, his account of the uncanny attempts to explain a specific kind of fright that we have come to label as uncanny or, in german, un-homely(unheimlich).