Uncanny Encounters: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and the End of Alterity

Uncanny Encounters: Literature, Psychoanalysis, and the End of Alterity

by John Zilcosky

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ISBN-13: 9780810132092
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


JOHN ZILCOSKY is a professor of German and comparative literature at the University of Toronto. His previous publications include Kafka’s Travels: Exoticism, Colonialism, and the Traffic of Writing (2003), winner of the MLA’s 2004 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize, and Writing Travel: The Poetics and Politics of the Modern Journey (2008).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Abbreviations and Note on Translations xv

Introduction: Uncanny Encounters 3

Chapter 1 Germans in the Jungle: Hot Land and Tales of Adventure 29

Chapter 2 Europe in India: Hermann Hesse and the East 51

Chapter 3 Savage Freud: Primitives, Adventurers, and the Uncanny Method 77

Chapter 4 Exotic Europe: Modernist Ethnographies (Mann, Hofmannsthal, Musil) 125

Epilogue: Toward a Theory of Uncanny Violence 165

Notes 183

Works Cited 227

Index 249

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