Roughly 1 in every 30 births is a pair of twins. Uncommon yet not rare, there’s an ambivalence to twinness, what anthropologist Philip Peek terms the “centrality of liminality.” Twins are both one and two, and this logical ambiguity can be the source of harmony, as with the yin-yang duality, or evidence of a disturbing glitch, as in the uncanny of the doppelgänger.
For our eleventh issue, we are pairing these myriad responses with the twins that provoke them: The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley (1994-1997), alter egos, The Ashvins, bipolarity, The Bobbsey Twins, Body Double (1984), Candomblé & the erê, Cândido Godói, changelings, chirality, cloning, compounding, conjoined & separated, cryptophasia, Dead Ringers (1988), Dolly, doppelgängers, double entendres, doublespeak, double yolk, dyads, Enemy (2013), Flowers in the Attic, freemartins, Fregoli & Capgras delusions, The Frozen Ark, evil twins, The God of Small Things, Gemini season, heautoscopy, identical & fraternal, Igbo-Ora—the Twin Capital of the World, Jacob & Esau, Jeena & Sunny Han, Ka, Kepler-186f, lookalike modeling, mirror twins, noms de plume & de guerre, The Parent Trap (1961 & 1998), polar bears, separated at birth, sister cities, soulmates, stunt doubles, symmetry & isometry, tulpas & Twin Peaks (1990-1992, 2017), twin cities & conurbation, the uncanny valley, Vardøger, wax museums, yin-yang, Yoruban ìbejì & the concept of ejiwapo, “...and twins!”
Issue 11 will be published in October 2019. To learn how to contribute, read our submissions guidelines.