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THE BLACK CAT – THE UNCANNY AS A SEMIOTIC PHENOMENON IN THE DE-CONSTRUCTIVE/ PSYCHOANALYTIC READING OF POE’S GOTHIC STORY


BRATISLAV MILOŠEVIĆ
University of Niš, Serbia

Issue:

CP, Number 20

Section:

No. 20 (2015)  Editorial

Abstract:

The paper engages with the uncanny as a semiotic phenomenon in de-constructive/psychoanalytical reading of Poe’s Gothic tale The Black Cat. It approaches the uncanny in its triple semiotic manifestations: the theme of the double, repetition-compulsion and the return of the repressed. Delving into the complex, entangling nature of binaries or dualities, the paper offers a three-tier perspective on the uncanny as a means of de-constructing bothness and exposing the ultimate necessity of either-or-ness philosophy. Sadly, however, this analysis shows darkness and perverseness as the finite ‘choice’ in the absence of a creative, procreative and constructive response to life.

Keywords:

Gothic, uncanny, homely, double, repetition-compulsion, repressed, darkness.

Code [ID]:

CP201520V00S01A0005 [0004350]


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