RE: RARA-AVIS: RE: The Doppleganger: Kerry

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 21 Feb 2002

Well, I suspect that the terror of a dg is that it is also you, which makes you less self-contained than you thought you were. It's a threat to your existence by being able to supplant you, as well as demonstrating that you aren't unique.

A suitably noirish fantasy is Harlan Ellison's "Shatterday."


-----Original Message----- From: Kerry [mailto:]

At 10:33 AM 2/21/02 -0500, you wrote:
>George Upper <> wrote:
> > what's a doppleganger?
>Ah, that's the question, isn't it? Here, miker, and
>for anyone else who cares (and I have to believe
>that's a short list) are the first few paragraphs of
>my thesis (unedited as of yet, so I apologize in
>advance for any errors). I hope this answers your
>question; if it doesn't, I have some serious
>re-writing to do.

Wouldn't the doppleganger myth be an attempt by all of us to share in the mystery of identity and individuality experienced by identical twins? As a literary device it affords the opportunity to compare and contrast. Or have I missed the point altogether?

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