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The Doppelgänger: Double Visions in German Literature

Andrew J. Webber

Abstract

Ever since its literary coinage in Jean Paul's novel, Siebenkäs (1796), the concept of Doppelgänger has had significant influence upon representations of the self in German literature. This study charts the development of the double from its origins in the Romantic period, through its more marginal — but nonetheless significant — manifestations in the post-Romantic culture, to its revival at the fin-de-siècle and transfer to the silent screen. The book features an introduction to the practice and theory underlying the use of the Doppelgänger, with particular reference to psychoanalysis, follow ... More

Keywords: Jean Paul, Siebenkas, Doppelgänger, self, German literature, double, Romantic period, post-Romantic culture, fin-de-siècle, silent screen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159049
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159049.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew J. Webber, author
Churchill College, Cambridge