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MARTINI, André de  and  COELHO JUNIOR, Nelson Ernesto. New notes on "The uncanny". Tempo psicanal. [online]. 2010, vol.42, n.2, pp. 371-402. ISSN 0101-4838.

The present paper expands the horizon of meanings associated with the concept of "the uncanny" (usually taken as an allegory for the return of the repressed).The narrative condition of the uncanny (or the experience of the limits of the ego), its relation to the primitive constitution of the psyche, the aspect of repetition, as well as its association with the "fetish" and the "relic" will be focused. It is our understanding that the concept of the uncanny should receive more attention from the psychoanalytic community. In fact, more attention and developments have been given to it from subjects as Linguistics, Literary Studies, Philosophy and Aesthetics, in general, than from Psychoanalysis itself. Besides reflecting the neurotic functioning, the opposition homely/un-homely (uncanny) also refers to more primitive distinctions, such as self/not-self and inside/outside. The paper also addresses the romance The sea of fertility, by Yukio Mishima, so as to point out a singular aspect of the reading experience. Finally, the ideas of the fetish and of the relic will be analyzed from the point of view of the uncanny.

Keywords : unheimlich; Freud; fetish; Mishima.

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