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Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic WritingFiction since 1978$
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Monica Germana

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637645

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637645.001.0001

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Doubles: Bodily Duplications and Schizoid Selves

Doubles: Bodily Duplications and Schizoid Selves

(p.98) Chapter 4 Doubles: Bodily Duplications and Schizoid Selves
Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing

Monica Germanà

Edinburgh University Press

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

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