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Caroline Ruddell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692026

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692026.001.0001

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Gendering the Double

Gendering the Double

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(p.79) Chapter 4 Gendering the Double
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The Besieged Ego
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Caroline Ruddell

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692026.003.0004

One of the most striking characteristics of the double is that through rendering one into two the double’s gender identity becomes confused or ‘difficult’; one of the most significant ways that the double’s identity is in trouble is played out through problems the doppelganger has with a masculine and/or feminine identity. This chapter charts the representation of gender as performed by a split character. The chapter argues that the double often embodies either hyper-masculinity or hyper-femininity, which is related to the double as an ideal self, or ideal-ego. The case studies in this chapter demonstrate how the double negotiates a gender identity and draws links to cultural contexts and concerns.

Keywords:   gender, hyper-masculinity, hyper-femininity, ideal-ego

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