By Laurie Ruth Johnson
Esthetic nervousness analyzes uncanny repetition in psychology, literature, philosophy, and movie, and produces a brand new narrative in regards to the centrality of aesthetics in smooth subjectivity. the customarily terrible, yet occasionally additionally relaxing, event of hysteria may be a classy mode in addition to a mental nation. Johnson's elucidation of that country in texts via authors from Kant to Rilke demonstrates how estrangement can produce attachment, and repositions Romanticism as an engine of modernity.
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3. The Uncanny as a Bridge to Relatedness and as a Form of Memory Beyond Mind The notion that memory can be a tool for creating relationships between self and other, as opposed to only forming images of others within an eternally lonely self, is a preoccupation for philosophers, psychologists, and authors at precisely the same time that the world threatens to become, for Romantics, a sheer effect of the mind. In response to Johann Gottlieb Fichte’s radical argument that the ego posits itself and all else, Friedrich Schlegel, the pre-eminent philosopher of the Romantic movement, develops an incomplete theory about the necessity of difference between self and world and the ways in which the recognition of that difference is encoded in memory traces.
James E. 69 Such structures bring representations of the past into the present while reminding of the eternal estrangement between past and present, self and other. They provoke reflection on social questions and sustain loss, thereby answering the desire to live, without promising redemption or healing, and certainly without promising fusion. Uncanny repetition of aspects of the past, relived as dread and fear and as a type of illness, can be a working-through, not just an acting-out, of repressed dilemmas.
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Aesthetic Anxiety: Uncanny Symptoms in German Literature and Culture (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft, Volume 141) by Laurie Ruth Johnson