Freud claims “the realm of phantasy depends for its very existence on the fact that its content is not submitted to the reality-testing faculty” but there are “more means of creating uncanny effects” in fiction. In some sense, he does not seem convinced that fantasy is as capable of producing uncanny feelings b…
Jessica Lee McMillan
A genuinely thrilling read. And, of course, not merely for GenX'ers. Thanks. I remember watching multiple times even before my children were born and many times after.
Freud understood (as best I recall thirty years after reading him) that poets, writers and others had a grasp of what fantasy meant via the unconscious when he was beginning to explore that topic, so I think it would not be a stretch to say he did not mean to cut off the possibility of fictions to provide “uncanny feelings” or any other effects, and that this statement was, perhaps, merely an attempt to produce a definition for other purposes. Freud, like Lacan, was very much a believer in the suspension of disbelief.