Mapping Liminalities: Thresholds in Cultural and Literary Texts by Alan RoughleyMapping Liminalities: Thresholds in Cultural and Literary Texts by Alan Roughley

Mapping Liminalities: Thresholds in Cultural and Literary Texts

EditorAlan Roughley, Lucy Kay, Zoë Kinsley

Paperback | November 27, 2007

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The essays in this book offer new perspectives on the concept of liminality. They explore the relevance and significance of the limen or threshold from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives, and across a broad range of historical periods. The authors all seek to revisit key questions raised in recent literary and cultural criticism, whilst also moving that discussion in new directions. In particular, the essays stress the importance of defining liminality for particular literary and cultural contexts, and highlight the fact that whilst it is liberating and progressive in some instances, in others it is violent and oppressive. Examining texts from the early modern to the postmodern periods, by authors on both sides of the Atlantic, the volume embraces a wide range of literary forms, including novels, travel narratives, religious texts, and philosophical treatises; it also includes consideration of non-literary forms of representation such as photography. This book reveals the complexity of the concept of liminality, and underscores its powerfulness and potential for understanding the ways in which both individuals and communities, in the past and in the present day, negotiate states of transition, and give expression to their experience of being ‘in-between’.
The Editors: The editors of this volume are all members of the English department at Liverpool Hope University, and their work on liminality has developed from a shared interest in the idea of ‘narrated spaces’. Lucy Kay works on representations of women in literature and performance; Zoë Kinsley’s specialisms include eighteenth-centur...
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Title:Mapping Liminalities: Thresholds in Cultural and Literary TextsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:November 27, 2007Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3039114557

ISBN - 13:9783039114559

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Table of Contents

Contents: William Blazek: A Moving World: The Port of Liverpool in American Fiction – Zoë Kinsley: ‘In moody sadness, on the giddy brink’: Liminality and Home Tour Travel – Terry Phillips: ‘No World Between Two Worlds’: Liminality in Anglo-Irish Big House Literature, 1925-1932 – Jo Carruthers: The Liminal Becoming of the Rebel Vashti – Christina Ljungberg: Triangular Strategies: Cross-Mapping the Curious Spaces of Siri Hustvedt, Paul Auster and Sophie Calle – Peter Messent: Liminality, Repetition, and Trauma in Hemingway’s ‘Big Two-Hearted River’ and Other Nick Adams Stories – Louis Armand: Mechanistics, Grammar and the Locality of Thought – Arthur Bradley: No Future? Stiegler’s Politics of Memory – Alan Roughley: Liminal Paperspaces: Writing between Derrida and Joyce and Being and Writing.