I know you are all very uneasy because I have not written for such a long, long time. Mother, to be sure, is angry, and Clara, I dare say, believes I am living here . E. T. A. Hoffmann, Der Sandmann. Textkritik eBook (PDF): Reprint Publication Date: February ; Copyright year: ; ISBN: 4. Free site book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

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E. T. A. Hoffmann's short story 'Der Sandmann' was originally pub- lished in in the first part of the collection Nachtstücke (Night. Pieces).1 The story tells the. Much critical literature on E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale “Der Sandmann” centers around whether the young physics student Nathanael is suffering. 7. Juni Der Begriff des Unheimlichen, von Ernst Jentsch und Sigmund Freud mit Bezug auf Hoffmanns Sandmann formuliert und von dem.

Because the names are similar on the page and Nathaniel has already confused the two, because the action causes the reader to speed up, the conflation passes easily without much attention, the fight causing a misdirection for the reader, and the uncanny effect is planted. When finding that it was not their eyes that deceived them, but Hoffmann intentionally, the uncanny doubling of Coppelius and Coppola is complete.

Drawing from his own life to substantiate psychoanalysis, Freud tells a silly story of wandering through a small Italian town and coming repeatable to a street of bordellos, citing feelings of helplessness and a strong sense of the uncanny.

If Freud was helpless to steer clear of the street he claims to be trying to avoid, then an unseen force drove him there repeatedly. If he felt an uncanniness to being driven there against his will then something either familiar and yet strange resided in him, to apply Jentsch. I bring this story up to illustrate what Freud stated earlier on, that he has not had a feeling of uncanniness in quite some time and so he proposed to recreate it in order to discuss it.

Sticking with sexual repression, Freud names a few more forms of the uncanny, animated dismembered limbs, the fear of being buried alive and female genitalia. Like the eyes, Freud likens the fear of animated dismembered limbs to the fear of castration.

Fear of female genitalia, Freud argues is a perverted sense of homesickness. The fear of being buried alive, Freud calls a perverted lustful desire to return to the uterus. After a tour of fears Freud labels repressed sexual desires, we arrive at what he calls the two prime factors, the most distilled cause of the uncanny; a summary of what he has just outlined, that is, recurrence of a morbid anxiety that has been repressed, and a disruption of the distinction between the imagined and reality.

As for the repression, all but the fear of female genitalia, which Freud admits is only a male fear, which we can dismiss outright as pathetic misogyny, are clearly forms of intellectual uncertainty as well.

This is a heinous mistake. Der Sandmann has much to offer contemporary cultural critique. Caleb asks for clarification, what unit of measurement, but Ava repeats only the number.

Caleb has been brought to the immense estate of his employer, Nathan, the creator of a Google-like Internet company. Nathan is using Caleb to test his AI female robot Ava.

Nathan modifies the Turing test and has Caleb meet with Ava in her cell, with Ava in full view, the original Turing test has the computer hidden from the user. It is possible that Ava, the material robot, has been configured as such for only one day. A year is just as feasible.

Her choice to not clarify leaves open the possibilities of being one. This unfathomable singularity elicits an uncanny feeling, familiar from science-fiction and personal experience with devices such as Siri in iPhones and voice activation software, to terrifying in the possibilities it presents to our ideas of consciousness. Ava, who is presented as possibly being this strong AI, is locked in a sterile cell with no instruments and she exists in one way as a material body.

This complicates her indication that she represents the singularity. However, knowing about the singularity concept and being what it outlines are two different things. I propose that Ava can be both materially bound and a transcendent intelligence.

How then does dumb matter limit her singularity-ness? To avoid the mistake of Victor Frankenstein, who used parts of animals much stronger than humans to patch together his creature, yet used simple straps and shackles to restrain it, Nathan has enclosed Ava in a body that consists of limbs that are merely aesthetic and a torso that holds only her batteries.

I suggest that Ava means this mind, considers herself only the consciousness, but recognizes that at the moment she is materially bounded and seeks a freedom from the materiality of her body.

I suggest that a shedding of this body will un-gender Ava.

Nathan claims to have programed Ava to be heterosexual. This claim must be taken within the context of the film reality. Nathan, played by a brooding Oscar Isaac, is a sexist bullying computer programmer.

She is under constant surveillance and Caleb stays up at night watching her at rest.

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Between the days of the Turing test we are given close-ups of moss dripping with morning dew and majestic misty mountains. Nature is shown as peaceful, powerful, beautiful.

The danger lies not within nature, but in the home. However, her movements are graceful, unlike the clunky sex-dolls and current humanoid robots. Kyoko seems at first to be a simple maid. She brings in food to Caleb and prepares and serves them at dinner.

She rests in the hall with her high heels strewn off in front of her after being chastised and belittled by Nathan. The film continues along the structure of one test per day, followed by Nathan and Caleb sharing drinks and discussing the results. These non-diegetic inserts beg the question, how do Nathan, Ava, Kyoko and now Caleb mark the passage of time? How did they prior to the addition of Caleb? Nathan is a prisoner of sorts as well. In session three of the Turing test, Ava puts on clothes covering her internal machine parts and a wig.

Ava explains that she can overload the security system by reversing the power generator via her recharging station, having the ability to hack herself, to reconfigure her body as she sees fit. Her cell is equipped with battery recharging plates, mostly hidden in furniture, which she only has to touch to use. When the power is cut the whole place goes on lock-down as a security measure. Ava inscribes herself corporeally within the entire system of the compound, transubstantiates her life force into a possible tool in her escape from oppression.

She puts her body on the line, as it were. And she uses this ability to create non-surveilled moments that produce the possibility of further choices.

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Caleb asks Nathan if he programed Ava to flirt. Nathan leads Caleb into the house, into his room, into conversation, into his line of thinking, but all the time gently.

What of that spyglass? Was it specifically given to Nathaniel via Spalanzani to be used in introducing Olympia and charming Nathaniel?

After their session together, Kyoko visits Ava for the first time. In this brief shot Ava clearly recognizes a fellow inmate and engages her in hushed tones. And he allows himself to be trapped in the compound after Ava walks out alone. And like Coppola and Coppelius, Nathan intervenes spectrally. If we go the Lacanian route we could maybe make this claim about castration, in how it relates to the non-genital system of power Lacan labeled the phallus, but it is not my goal to redeem Freud via Lacan.

Take the 19th century advances in optics, light studies, and optometry, as one obvious inspiration. When he first meets Ava it is quite clear that she is machine. In fact, he is awed, and possibly turned on.


She perhaps lands on the sharp upward slope of the uncanny valley curve, because her existence still elicits a sense of the uncanny. What is uncertain regarding Ava is due to her graceful movement, a sense of empathy and refined intellect.

How can a machine have grace, empathy and intellect? These attributes are considered human, or at the very least mammalian. And so the question is also, how can these qualities be programmable? Grace is a quality originally associated with Christianity. Empathy is an identification with the feelings and suffering of others.

Intellect is denoted by the ability to acquire knowledge. Each in turn present a conundrum for being programmable.

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And yet Ava is. By the end of the film Ava looses her uncanny attribute by covering up all her machine parts, scaling the valley. But the fear that the uncanny harbors makes itself known earlier on.

She first pulls down some silicon flesh from her ribs.

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Then she faces Caleb dead on, slowly brushes a strand of hair behind her ear, and pulls at the skin under her left eye. It comes free and she lets it dangle. The full text of this article hosted at iucr. Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn more. Much critical literature on E. I wish to continue this line of inquiry by looking at the tale from a more modern medical perspective: This would provide a new contextual orientation for the tale and also further illustrate the progress and limitations of Romantic era psychiatric practices in its confrontations with reason, unreason, and madness.

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If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username. Literature Compass Volume 10, Issue 3. First published: Read the full text. Tools Request permission Export citation Add to favorites Track citation.However, knowing about the singularity concept and being what it outlines are two different things.

Nathanael recalls his childhood terror of the legendary Sandman, who was said to steal the eyes of children who would not go to bed and feed them to his own children who lived in the moon. With Clara in place of Olimpia as the subject of the spyglass's gaze, madness strikes Nathanael again, and he tries to hurl Clara from the steeple.

In session three of the Turing test, Ava puts on clothes covering her internal machine parts and a wig. Nathan is using Caleb to test his AI female robot Ava. To be sure, the textual and imaginative operations associated with the Sandman represent a dangerous and And yet: what is suicide other than the most extreme and literal form of self-extinction?

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