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ERIC Number: ED400843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 4
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Freud's "The Uncanny" in Caroline B. Cooney's "Vampire Trilogy."
McCarron, Kevin
This paper compares three supernatural vampire novels geared for adolescents with Freud's discussion of "The Uncanny." Freud's 1919 essay is probably the most important early essay to influence Gothic criticism. To evaluate the adolescent vampire novels, adults must view the books as if they were peer texts, on behalf of a child, and with an eye to discussing them with other adults. They need to understand a book's appeal on its own terms and understand how an individual book and the entire genre appeals to children. The paper assesses each of the three vampire novels by Caroline B. Cooney, drawing on Freud's essay. In the three novels, the teenagers' wishes come true, and then the conscience, the Freudian "double," asserts its dominance. In this way the books gratify and indulge adolescent narcissism, and yet also lead the teenager forward, stressing the importance of adopting the role of a responsible adult. It is possible that it is this which is the real horror to the teenage readers of these novels. (Contains 16 endnotes.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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