The 'porosity' of uncanniness
slowing crept in on life on the street, a process characterised by its own affections, to which I will now turn.
Withy distinguishes between uncanniness
(or angst, as Heidegger also calls it) as (1) a transitory emotion and (2) an "originary" structure of human existence--a basic component, or existentiell, of man's being in the world.
Juxtaposed against his initial impressions of the uninspiring local environment, as observed from the ship, this grove seemed to him sanctified by its natural beauty and an uncanniness
that distinguished this place from the surrounding environs.
to mirror the ideological pseudo-reality of the Cold War propaganda machines which came before it.
Hoffmann's protagonist Nathanael, involves a perpetual and excessive awareness of an uncanniness
that is covered over in normal psychic life.
Wells's 1897 novella The Invisible Man is "A Grotesque Romance," and Francoise Duperyron-Lafay demonstrates how Wells's comic touches, particularly incongruous dialogue and narration and ludicrous descriptions of actions and characters, both undermine and place in sharp relief the uncanniness
of the tale.
and real threat, it beckons to us and ends up engulfing us.
In Verhaltenheit, as in negative capability, one is exposed "to the sudden uncanniness
of everything it thought it knew: ideas, objects, and the thinking self itself.
We need only consider the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts, the Red Scare and Palmer Raids of 1919-1920 (and President Wilson's call to "crush out" the immigrant Americans who had "poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life") (Kennedy 24), the FBI's COINTELPRO program of the 1960s and beyond, as well as our own political climate, to question whether the cold war cultural moment was all that unique, and whether such a thing as "the uncanniness
of mid-century America" ever really existed.
refers to the bewildering experience of uncertainty about whether something is alive or conscious, another intelligence looking back at the watching person.
which one might feel on reading Hugh Urban's piece, the unease imaginable at combining contemporary capitalist valuation with mysticism and transcendental practice, isn't perhaps something we can lay a finger on until we understand what it is in the process of each of these--capitalist society, western existentialism, and south Asian spirituality--that prompts their marrying to seem such an odd thing.
Peter Pan's definition of what it will be like to die might help adult readers realize that the uncanniness
of death can indeed be perceived as "an awfully big adventure" which might be scary and unexplainable but does not need to be made more inaccessible than it already is, especially if approached with a more open mind and spontaneity.