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The Double in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

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Part of the Edinburgh Studies in Culture and Society book series (ESCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. John Herdman
    Pages 21-46
  3. John Herdman
    Pages 47-68
  4. John Herdman
    Pages 69-87
  5. John Herdman
    Pages 88-98
  6. John Herdman
    Pages 99-126
  7. John Herdman
    Pages 127-152
  8. John Herdman
    Pages 153-161
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 162-174

About this book


Duality and the divided mind have been a source of perennial fascination for literary artists and especially for novelists, and this is particularly true of the Romantic generation and their later nineteenth-century heirs. This book deals with the double, or Doppelgnger, as a dominant theme in the fiction of the period, and with its relation to the problem of evil. It suggests that the literary double flourished best when psychological and religious understandings of human dividedness were in harmony, and declined when they began to grow apart. Writers analysed include E.T.A.Hoffmann, James Hogg, Poe, Dostoevsky and Stevenson; the final chapter relates the theme to the psychology of Jung.


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