Author(s): Erden EL

The short stories of Ruth Rendell which were published in the collection of short stories titled Piranha to Scurfy (2000) reach the depths of the human psyche and highlight the solitude of the individual in the modern world. The characters in the short stories areintrovert characters who live in a state of solitude, which makes the stories eligible to analyze in psychoanalytic literary criticism.Computer Séance and Fair Exchange are chosen in this essay to analyze in Freudian terms. Such mystical elements as encounter with dead people and (conjuration) seances are found in the short stories. The aspects of living dead and conjuration in Computer Séance contribute to the uncanny atmosphere of the story and the agony after the death of a beloved one in Fair Exchange is an example of “mourning and melancholia.” Therefore, this essay will analyze Computer Séance with the Freudian concept of “ the uncanny” and Fair Exchange with the Freudian concept of “mourning and melancholia,” and will seek to prove the existence of Freudian concepts in the short stories.


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