ENGL 2740 Lecture Notes - Oxford English Dictionary

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Published on 23 Nov 2011
School
University of Guelph
Department
English
Course
ENGL 2740
Friday November 4th, 2011
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
The Uncanny
Draws on definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
What is the uncanny?
Something that happens in a text
Can happen in any genre or even in real life
The familiar made unfamiliar (familiar unfamiliar)
Déjà vu, something that shouldn’t be familiar is somehow
strangely familiar
Something just out of reach
Coincidences/repetitions
-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”
Knowing, sagacious, judicious, prudent; wary, cautious
Cunning, artful, wily
-range of meaning between cunning and wise
Canny most associated with women
-Secrets of women
Supernaturally wise, endowed with occult or magical power
-Knowledge above others
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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.

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