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Bachelor of Arts



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Andrew Aisenberg

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Thomas Koenigs

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In the midst of the infrastructural and cultural transformations of nineteenth century Euro-American urbanization, the literary world gained a new gothic motif. The doppelgänger, a ghostly, malicious double, began to haunt the pages of stories written across Europe and the United States. In such tales, these doppelgängers contended with and navigated a world rocked by the same revolutions that urbanization had brought to the real world in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This paper surveys several of these doppelgänger tales in order to explore a connection between the physical and psychological impacts of urbanization in nineteenth century Europe and America and the contemporary literary trend of incorporating doppelgängers as a gothic motif.