Doubles: Bodily Duplications and Schizoid Selves

Monica Germanà

in Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637645
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652259 | DOI:
Doubles: Bodily Duplications and Schizoid Selves

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This chapter explores the double motif, a thematic area deployed to express the self/other dichotomy and the interrogation of binary oppositions in the fantastic writings of Scottish women. It offers an interpretation of Alison Fell's The Bad Box, Emma Tennant's The Bad Sister and Sian Hayton's The Governors. The chapter argues that doppelgänger in these works prompted the interrogation of gender categories while exposing the schizoid divisions within the female psyche.

Keywords: self/other dichotomy; binary oppositions; fantastic writings; Scottish women; gender categories; schizoid divisions; female psyche

Chapter.  17206 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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