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”Them Azkaban guards give me the collywobbles”: Det kusliga i J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies (from 2013).
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”Them Azkaban guards give me the collywobbles” : The uncanny in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (English)
Abstract [sv]

I den här uppsatsen står den tredje boken om Harry Potter, The Prisoner of Azkaban, i fokus. Analysen fokuserar på vilka exempel på det kusliga som förekommer i boken och vilken funktion dessa element får i boken. Detta undersöks främst utifrån Freuds teori om det kusliga (unheimlich). Exempel på det kusliga återfinns både i miljöerna, animerade objekt, magiska varelser och några av karaktärerna. De kusligaste elementen i boken hämtar främst sin kuslighet från nära kopplingar till döden eller de dödas återkomst, bland annat både Dementorerna och Sirius Black, men även osäkerhet spelar en viktig roll i uppbyggnaden av kusliga element. Däremot blir de magiska objekten aldrig kusliga i samma omfattning i och med att deras oväntade beteende blir en viktig del i förmedlandet av en magisk miljö.

Abstract [en]

This essay focuses on the uncanny in the third Harry Potter book, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and the effects of such elements. Freud’s theory of the uncanny (unheimlich) is used throughout the essay to establish the uncanny elements in the book and their effect. Examples of the uncanny can be found in the environment, animated objects, magical beings and some of the characters. The elements with a high uncanniness are foremost related to death or the return of the dead, this includes both the Dementors and Sirius Black, but the element of uncertainty also plays an important role in creating an uncanny feeling. The magical objects do not reach the same level of uncanniness, mostly because they play an important part in the creation of the magical world.

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2018. , p. 28
Keywords [sv]
det kusliga, unheimlich, Freud, Harry Potter
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67607DiVA, id: diva2:1217753
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Comparative Literature
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Available from: 2018-06-27 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-06-27Bibliographically approved

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