Episode 97: Finding Myself: Doppelgängers

Whether it’s a ghostly double staring at you from across the street, or a mirror image whose expression doesn’t quite match your own; finding ‘twins’ in unexpected places is quite unsettling. Having an experience like this can make us confront aspects of ourselves we’d really like to ignore; unmoor relationships with reality; and send even the most self-assured into an identity crisis. Doppelgängers are haunting manifestations of the uncanny, a thing that is, or almost is, and yet cannot be. It is little wonder then that so many 19th century writers explored this territory as they searched for their own voice. Join us this week as we discuss the phenomena of doppelgängers and the ways they have haunted authors from Poe to Wilde; from Maupassant to Anderson. Can this all be explained away by Jung’s theory of the shadow self? Or is there something more sinister, perhaps even supernatural behind these battles?

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Archetypes and Motifs in Folklore and Literature: A Handbook By Jane Garry

The Shadow by Hans Christian Andersen

The Story of William Wilson by Edgar Allen Poe

Superstitions By Cheri Johnson

Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things By Charles Panati

Living in ‘The Shadow’: The Struggles of Andersen Personified

Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend By Reimund Kvideland, Henning K. Sehmsdorf

5: Components of the soul in ancient Egypt – The Guardian

The Golden Bough – James Frazer


Carl Jung on the Shadow

Remembering Maupassant – BBC


Maupassant’s literary legacy – The Irish Times

The Double: A Psychoanalytic Study by Otto Rank

Chabad – Preparing the House of Mourning

Jewish Magazine – Mirror Mourning

Lincoln’s Doppelgänger

Jung on Evil

The Ghostly Writer – Gad About Town

Behind the Draped Mirror by Colin Dickey – Hazlitt

The Horla – Guy de Maupassant

The Literary Leanings of Maupassant’s Doppelganger – EsoterX

Recollections of Guy de Maupassant From his Valet Francois By Tassart

Picturing Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the (Un)Death of the Author by Elana Gomel

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