The Chapter Before the First: Dwelling and the Uncanny

  • Julian Wolfreys


As a way to place the readings through specific tropes of hauntedness without delimiting the readings to any particular theoretical or propaedeutic model, the chapter, which is not part of the book as such (in that it does not read given literary texts), foregrounds those aspects of Heideggerian phenomenology that focus on the concepts of dwelling and the uncanny, as those discourses and structures of thought that most readily lend themselves to a hauntological discourse. In seeking to pursue an understanding of dwelling beyond the immediate context of Heidegger’s ecocritical ethics, I develop the dialogue between the Heideggerian and Freudian notions of the uncanny in order to prepare the ground for the readings to follow.


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  • Julian Wolfreys
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  1. 1.University of PortsmouthBembridgeUK

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