The Doppelganger: Double Visions in German Literature

Synopsis

Ever since its literary coinage in Jean Paul's novel, Siebenk"a (1796), the concept of Doppelg"anger 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-si`ecle and transfer to the silent screen.

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