The Encounter with the Identical Other: The Literary Double as a Manifestation of Failure in Self-Constitution
AbstractLiterary pieces featuring the double depict an encounter between the protagonist and another person, who is her identical other. Therefore they face various difficulties related to a threat cast on their unique identity, and this encounter challenges their process of self-definition. Martin Buber sees the existence of the other as essential for the occurrence of self-constitution within an individual. He maintains that any person needs another person to obtain confirmation of what she is and is born equipped with the ability to confirm her fellow-person in the same way (1959). However, as the other encountered by a doppelgänger protagonist is not truly “other”, the latter might confront a difficulty in the different stages of Buber’s self-constitution process. This paper seeks to shed light on the inter- and intra-personal relationships depicted in literary pieces focusing on the theme of the double, such as The Double (Dostoyevsky  1997; Saramago 2002), Despair (1965), and Too Much Nina (Orbach 2011), emphasizing the limitations cast by the encounter with the identical other on the protagonist’s self-constitution, as put forward by Buber. View Full-Text
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Tal, M. The Encounter with the Identical Other: The Literary Double as a Manifestation of Failure in Self-Constitution. Humanities 2018, 7, 13.
Tal M. The Encounter with the Identical Other: The Literary Double as a Manifestation of Failure in Self-Constitution. Humanities. 2018; 7(1):13.Chicago/Turabian Style
Tal, Michal. 2018. "The Encounter with the Identical Other: The Literary Double as a Manifestation of Failure in Self-Constitution." Humanities 7, no. 1: 13.
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