Mapping Liminalities

Thresholds in Cultural and Literary Texts

by Lucy Kay (Volume editor) Zoë Kinsley (Volume editor) Terry Phillips (Volume editor) Alan Roughley (Volume editor)
©2007 Edited Collection 234 Pages


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’.


ISBN (Softcover)
Literatur Geschichte 1849-2003 Aufsatzsammlung Literary Theory Literary Criticism Literature Art Grenzsituation (Motiv) Literary Aesthetic
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 234 pp.

Biographical notes

Lucy Kay (Volume editor) Zoë Kinsley (Volume editor) Terry Phillips (Volume editor) Alan Roughley (Volume editor)

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-century travel writing; Terry Phillips researches First World War writing and Irish Literature; and Alan Roughley writes on literary theory, particularly Derrida.


Title: Mapping Liminalities