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Liminal Borderlands in Irish Literature and Culture

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Edited By Irene Gilsenan Nordin and Elin Holmsten

Liminality, if interpreted as a concern with borders and states of in-betweenness, is a widespread theme in Irish literature and culture, which is perhaps not surprising considering the colonial and postcolonial background of Ireland. The liminal, from the Latin word limen, meaning «a threshold», can be broadly defined as a transitional place of becoming. It is a borderland state of ambiguity and indeterminacy, leading those who participate in the process to new perspectives and possibilities.
This collection of essays examines the theme of liminality in Irish literature and culture against the philosophical discourse of modernity and focuses on representations of liminality in contemporary Irish literature, art and film in a variety of contexts. The book is divided into four sections. The first part deals with theoretical aspects of liminal states. Other sections focus on liminal narratives and explore drama as liminal rites of passage, while the last part examines transformative spaces in contemporary Irish women’s poetry.

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absence, 12, 25, 58, 65, 70, 76, 82, 142, 153, 166, 189 aesthetics, 19, 28, 30, 192 Agamben, Giorgio, 28–32 Homo Sacer, 28, 30, 32 agency, 9, 37–38, 92 altar, 112 alterity, 20 ambiguity, 7, 54, 69, 77, 79, 80, 153, 182 Anderson, Michael Shake Hands with the Devil, 38–39 Anglo-Irish, 9, 52, 66, 173–74, 176 Anglophone, 173 animal/human, 125 animals, 11, 105–13, 117–20, 122, 124–25 anxiety, 38, 55, 153, 155 asylum seekers, 35, 37, 42–43, 47 Bachelard, Gaston, 97–98, 101 Bauman, Zygmunt, 80, 82 Beckett, Samuel, 8, 10, 30–32, 87–91, 94–95, 100–1, 198 “Footfalls”, 10, 90–91, 93, 95 Act Without Words, 10, 90–92, 95–99 becoming, 7, 11, 25–26, 35, 37, 88, 120, 122, 131, 134–37, 142, 145–47, 191–92 being-in-the-world, 36, 44–45 Benjamin, Walter, 186–87, 194 “The Task of the Translator”, 186 Berger, John, 177, 194 betwixt-and-between, 103 Bhabha, Homi, 19, 22–23, 105, 112, 126, 175, 187, 193–94 bildungsroman, 71, 82 bodily presence, 89, 112 body, 9–11, 35, 39–42, 45, 69–75, 78, 80–81, 88–100, 109–13, 115, 120, 123, 131, 133–34, 136, 140, 142, 146, 159, 175–82, 191 Boland, Eavan, 11, 131, 135–36, 138, 144, 146, 148, 160, 171, 199 Collected Poems, 137, 147 “The Woman Changes her Skin”, 144 “The Woman Turns Herself into a Fish”, 11, 135 border, 7, 10–12, 30, 69, 73, 101, 105,...

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