The doppelgänger, or the double, is usually understood as a peculiar figure that emerged in nineteenth-century Romantic and Gothic literature, reappearing time and again in books, films and cultural manifestations. This book argues that the double is a far-reaching phenomenon that has significant influence on our lives, though it mostly goes unnoticed. It is a key element of human subjectivity whose functions, forms, and effects have not yet gained the serious consideration they merit. Eran Dorfman proposes the theory that the double is a key to understanding human subjectivity, overcoming the limits of phenomenological, psychoanalytic and poststructuralist theories by drawing on various disciplines and combining the personal and the theoretical.
Introduction Chapter One: The Double That Takes My Breath Away Chapter Two: The Shadow’s Gaze Chapter Three: The Double's Lesson of Love Chapter Four: Islands of Doubles Epilogue: The Double in Contemporary Politics