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Author Webber, Andrew.

Title The Doppelgänger : double visions in German literature / Andrew J. Webber.

Published Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.

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 UniM Bail  830.927 WEBB    AVAILABLE
Physical description 379 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [358]-369) and index.
Contents 1. Theories and Practices of the Doppelganger -- 2. Life, Death, and Birth of the Doppelganger in Jean Paul -- 3. Hoffmann's Chronic Dualisms -- 4. Cases of Double Trouble in Kleist -- 5. Double Agencies in the Novelle of Poetic Realism -- 6. Gothic Revivals: The Doppelganger in the Age of Modernism.
Summary Ever since its literary coinage in Jean Paul's novel, Siebenkas (1796), the concept of the Doppelganger has had a significant influence upon representations of the self in German literature. This study charts the development of the double from its hey-day in the Romantic period, through its more marginalbut nonetheless significant - manifestations in post-Romantic culture, to its revival at the fin-de-siecle and transfer to the silent screen.
The book features an introduction to the various practices and theories of the Doppelganger, with particular reference to psychoanalysis, followed by chapters on Jean Paul, Hoffmann, Kleist, Poetic Realism (Droste-Hulshoff, Keller, Storm) and Modernism (Kafka, Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Meyrink, Werfel). Focusing in particular on the effects of the double in the fields of vision and language, this study shows that this often underestimated figure may provide a model for the epistemological, aesthetic and psychosexual structures of the texts it visits and revisits.
Subject German literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
German literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Doubles in literature.
Split self in literature.
ISBN 0198159048