Past Event

The Psychopathology of the Doppelganger: Creating a Twinned Self in Fiction

February 6, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris

Deborah Levy will discuss her research for a new novel that will interrogate an encounter with an apparently identical human double. Exploring psychoanalytic ideas and literary strategies to engage with the uncanny, Levy will unfold her approach to doubling, split selves, wayward selves, contested identities, alter-egos, shadows, avatars, being in two minds, and speaking through an other.

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy | United Kingdom

Deborah Levy is the author of six novels, including Swimming Home and Hot Milk, both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and a collection of widely translated short stories, Black Vodka. Her two acclaimed “living autobiographies”, Things I Don't Want To Know and The Cost of Living , have been described as ‘Wise, subtle and ironic, Levy’s every sentence is a masterpiece of clarity and poise.” For BBC Radio 4, Levy dramatized two of Freud’s case histories, Dora and The Wolfman, along with the modernist short stories of Katherine Mansfield, In a German Pension, and Colette’s novella, Chance Acquaintances. Levy taught writing at the Royal College of Art, London, and has recently written the script for a short film, Freud’s Lost Lecture, directed by Jane Thorburn, to be screened in Paris and London this year.