Abstract

Identical twins challenge the Western valorization of the individual, and thus the major life-writing genres, autobiography and biography. The intense bond between Jennifer and June Gibbons, and their elective mutism, made their biography an unlikely project, but their obsessive journal-writing documented their lives in great detail. Marjorie Wallace's The Silent Twins demonstrates--and surmounts--the difficulty of representing identical twins.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 243-260
Launched on MUSE
2003-07-08
Open Access
No
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