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The Uncanny in Gerald Durrell’s Short Story “The Еntrance”


Authors:
Pavel Petkov St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 79-88
DOI: https://doi.org/10.54664/NXVN4027

Abstract:

The article explores the relation of Gerald Durrell’s 1979 short story “The Entrance”, published in a collection titled The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium, to the concept of the uncanny, as it appears in Sigmund Freud’s work “The Uncanny” (1919). I first discuss Freud’s account of the concept, highlighting the main points in his theory, and then I subject certain points of the narrative in “The Entrance” to an analysis in an attempt to show that the story provides numerous illustrations of the Freudian concept of the uncanny.

Keywords:

Gerald Durrell; uncanny; psychoanalysis; Freud; unconscious

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