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Susan Yi Sencindiver

The Fissured Female Missing in the Mirror: Sexual Difference, Motherhood, and the Double in Literature and Theory

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This study explores the sexed subjectivity of the divided and doubled self in primarily Romantic and Gothic fiction, accounting for its oddly abiding marginalization of women, and conversely, offers a sustained inquiry into the rich role of gender, sexuality, and maternal subtexts that nevertheless permeates this male-oriented fiction. It charts the ways in which this role constitutes points of stress and fracture within doppelgänger narratives and in relation to both the continuities and evolving shapes of the double’s semantic silhouette from its Romantic roots to its latter-day filmic and fictional representations. I argue that fin-de-siècle, modernist, and contemporary treatments of the double, despite apparent departures, betray the return and afterlife of a Romantic aesthetic legacy, which, in turn, partially conditions the double’s gender representation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages395
Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Research areas

  • Double, Doppelgänger, gender, motherhood, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Gothic, Romanticism, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Leonora Carrington, Margaret Atwood, horror cinema

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