Doubles: Studies in Literary History

Doubles: Studies in Literary History

by Karl Miller


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This fascinating study explores the image of the double as it appears in literature, examining the doppelgänger, the alter ego, the second self, and the modern multiple self in a wide variety of literary settings. Focusing mainly on the Romantic period, the fin-de-siècle, and what could be called the romantic modern world, Miller considers a broad array of subjects, including the equivocal language of Romanticism, the orphan delirium of the Gothic heritage, the themes of isolation, escape, and the after-life, and the phenomena of secrecy and literary anonymity. Over twenty authors are examined in detail, including Poe, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Henry James, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Norman Mailer, and Saul Bellow.

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ISBN-13: 9780192820471
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/02/1987
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.38(d)

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