Liminality And The Short Story: Boundary Crossings In American, Canadian, And British Writing by Jochen AchillesLiminality And The Short Story: Boundary Crossings In American, Canadian, And British Writing by Jochen Achilles

Liminality And The Short Story: Boundary Crossings In American, Canadian, And British Writing

EditorJochen Achilles, Ina Bergmann

Hardcover | December 17, 2014

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This book is a study of the short story, one of the widest taught genres in English literature, from an innovative methodological perspective. Both liminality and the short story are well-researched phenomena, but the combination of both is not frequent. This book discusses the relevance of the concept of liminality for the short story genre and for short story cycles, emphasizing theoretical perspectives, methodological relevance and applicability.

Liminality as a concept of demarcation and mediation between different processual stages, spatial complexes, and inner states is of obvious importance in an age of global mobility, digital networking, and interethnic transnationality. Over the last decade, many symposia, exhibitions, art, and publications have been produced which thematize liminality, covering a wide range of disciplines including literary, geographical, psychological and ethnicity studies.

Liminal structuring is an essential aspect of the aesthetic composition of short stories and the cultural messages they convey. On account of its very brevity and episodic structure, the generic liminality of the short story privileges the depiction of transitional situations and fleeting moments of crisis or decision. It also addresses the moral transgressions, heterotopic orders, and forms of ambivalent self-reflection negotiated within the short story's confines. This innovative collection focuses on both the liminalityofthe short story and on liminalityinthe short story.

Jochen Achillesis Professor of American Studies at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. His authored book publications include a study on the development of Sean O'Casey's plays in the context of modern drama and a book on the interface between the gothic tradition and psychological fiction, focusing on Sheridan Le Fanu. His most rece...
Title:Liminality And The Short Story: Boundary Crossings In American, Canadian, And British WritingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:December 17, 2014Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415738911

ISBN - 13:9780415738910


Table of Contents

Part I: Liminalityandthe Short Story  1.1 Uses of Liminality 1. "Betwixt and Between": Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian, and British Short FictionJochen Achilles and Ina Bergmann  Part II: The Liminalityofthe Short Story  2.1 Conceptualizations of Liminality 2. Modes of Liminality in American Short Fiction: Condensations of Multiple IdentitiesJochen Achilles 3. Liminal and Liminoid Discourses in Modernist Women's Short Fiction: Performance, Spectatorship, and CinemaClaire Drewery 4. In the Generic Interzone: On the Liminal Character of William S. Burroughs's RoutinesFlorian Zappe  2.2 Methods of Approach 5. Cognitive Liminality: On the Epistemology of the Short StoryMichael Basseler 6. Experiencing Short Stories: A Cognitive Approach Focusing on Reading Narrative SpaceRenate Brosch 7. Between Story and Essay: Micro-Markers of StorynessSusan Lohafer  2.3 Conditions of Publication 8. "Small Tales": Brevity and Liminality in Early American MagazinesOliver Scheiding 9. The Liminal Spaces of Hawthorne's Short Story Cycles: Rites of Passage in History and Story-TellingAlfred Bendixen 10. Variety in Unity, Unity in Variety: The Liminal Space of the American Short Story AnthologyKasia Boddy  PartIII: Liminalityinthe Short Story 3.1 Contexts of Writing 11. "I Have Heard Many Stranger Stories than This, in the Villages Along the Hudson": Magic Realism in Upstate New YorkIna Bergmann 12. Madness as a Liminal State in the American Short Story: Edgar Allan Poe's Ratiocination and Charles Sanders Peirce's Logic of AbductionSusanne Rohr 13. Of Death, Dying, and Disease: The Short Story and American Heterotopian Illness NarrativesCarmen Birkle 14. How Significant Food Can Make a Short Story into a Meal: The Hyphenated Immigrant Experience in Contemporary American Short FictionJeff Birkenstein  3.2 Topics of Liminality 15. Liminal Subjects, Mixed Genre: Richard Wright and the African American Short StoryGlenda R. Carpio 16. "I am not that": Liminality in the Writings of Joanna RussPaul March-Russell 17. "Almost Like a Ghost": Spectral Figures in Alice Munro's Short FictionAilsa Cox 18. Liminality, Metamorphic Experience, and the Short Story Form: Alice Munro's "Wenlock Edge"Katherine Orr 19. Indigenous Interstitial Spaces: Liminality in Thomas King's "Borders"Evelyn P. Mayer

Editorial Reviews

"This book will greatly enhance students¿ knowledge of the historical evolution of the short story, and scholars of the short story genre will feel illuminated by the application of the theory of liminality to the conceptualization of the short story [¿] The contributors¿ unique approach to the liminal aspects in the short story will allow readers to see the short story form in a new light." ¿ Monika Elbert, Department of English, Montclair State University, USA