An Uncanny Wintering

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Eva Stenskar


In this essay, I analyze the uncanny space in Sylvia Plath’s poem “Wintering”, using Sigmund Freud’s theory of the uncanny (das Unheimliche) as well as the uncanny as presented by Nicholas Royle and Anthony Vidler. I further use and cite the works of Gaston Bachelard, David Holbrook, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.


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