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The Freudian RobotDigital Media and the Future of the Unconscious$
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Lydia H. Liu

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226486826

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226486840.001.0001

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The Freudian Robot

The Freudian Robot

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The Freudian Robot

Lydia H. Liu

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the role of automata in psychoanalytic discourse by focusing on the problem of the Freudian uncanny. The accelerated advances in the technologies of animated pictures and automata have led many critics to return to Freud's original formulation. To grasp the full implications of automata for the understanding of the uncanny, it is necessary to reexamine the original point of contention between Freud and Ernst Jentsch and their contested readings. This work of reinterpretation aims to resituate the uncanny as the problem of the human–automata relationship, whereby the chapter clarifies the conceptual origins of the Freudian robot.

Keywords:   Freudian robot, psychoanalytic discourse, technology, human–automata relationship

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