Children"s literature the uncanny: l. frank baum involves past fairy tales to argue that his own fairytale departs from past uses of the genre. Can happen in any genre or even in real life. D j vu, something that shouldn"t be familiar is somehow strangely familiar. Things aligning in a way you don"t understand. We can"t grasp the pattern emerging, which brings about uncanniness. Freud, the uncanny is related to a loss of self. Flexible, we can see artistic representations that portray the uncanny: oed definitions of canny . Range of meaning between cunning and wise. Supernaturally wise, endowed with occult or magical power. Knowledge above others in conjunction with feminized definition (note why this might be) Careful or cautious in motion or action. Soft spoken women as opposed to soft spoken men. Those that are canny may seem careful and soft spoken, but they may also be cunning and wily so we should be cautious/wary of them.