The Drama of the Double

Permeable Boundaries

  • Authors
  • Katherine H. Burkman

Part of the What is Theatre? book series (WHATT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Katherine H. Burkman
    Pages 1-29
  3. Katherine H. Burkman
    Pages 31-45
  4. Katherine H. Burkman
    Pages 77-90
  5. Katherine H. Burkman
    Pages 91-105
  6. Katherine H. Burkman
    Pages 131-141
  7. Katherine H. Burkman
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  8. Katherine H. Burkman
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 159-182

About this book


This book explores the way in which doubling takes place in several novels, films, and dramas, primarily focusing on modern drama and exploring how five Greek myths – Oedipus, Narcissus, Dionysus, Orestes, and Demeter – inform the literature. Taking a psychological/mythical approach, this book explores the inner divisions that lead to boundary loss and the search for the self that may lead to boundaries found. The contention of the book is that the oedipal search for self has been replaced in modern literature by individuals caught up in a narcissistic culture. Katherine H. Burkman explores plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Henrik Ibsen, Eugene O'Neill, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Marsha Norman, and Will Eno.


doubling greek myths oedipus narcissus dionysus orestes demeter object-relations theory modern drama beckett mamet shepard narcissism taxi driver hedda gabler drama film fragment Greek myths

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