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The Besieged EgoDoppelgangers and Split Identity Onscreen$
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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

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

Caroline Ruddell

Edinburgh University Press

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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