Double Trouble: The Doppelgänger from Romanticism to Postmodernism, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Double Trouble

The Doppelgänger from Romanticism to Postmodernism, 1st Edition

By Eran Dorfman

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216 pages

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Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Eran Dorfman is Associate Professor of Literature at Tel Aviv University.

About the Series

Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004180
LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature
LIT024040
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century