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In-Between – Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Cultures

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Stefan L. Brandt

In the past few years, the concept of «liminality» has become a kind of pet theme within the discipline of Cultural Studies, lending itself to phenomena of transgression and systemic demarcation. This anthology employs theories of liminality to discuss Canada’s geographic and symbolic boundaries, taking its point of departure from the observation that «Canada» itself, as a cultural, political, and geographic entity, encapsulates elements of the «liminal.» The essays comprised in this volume deal with fragmented and contradictory practices in Canada, real and imagined borders, as well as contact zones, thresholds, and transitions in Anglo-Canadian and French-Canadian texts, discussing topics such as the U.S./Canadian border, migration, French-English relations, and encounters between First Nations and settlers.

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SHILPA BHAT DAITHOTA is Assistant Professor of English with over ten years of teaching and research experience. She has a PhD from Gujarat University, an MPhil from Central University, Hyderabad as well as a Master’s Degree from Mysore University. She has been a Visiting Professor to York University, Canada (The Canadian Bureau of International Education awarded her the prestigious ‘Commonwealth Fellowship’ to conduct research in the University of Toronto). She also received the ‘Pacific-Asia Network of Canadian Studies’ Grant to Korea University, Seoul. During her academic career, she visited the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, and Korea University to present papers and conduct research. She recently co-edited a volume on South Asian Women’s Diaspora Writing and has several peer-reviewed international publications to her credit. She offers courses on Diaspora Studies, World Literature, Indian Literature in Translation, and Communication for Management. Her areas of interest are Diaspora Studies/Literature, Canadian Studies, Indo-Canadian Literature, Postcolonial Theory and Communication. She welcomes collaborative projects in any of these terrains.

STEFAN L. BRANDT is Professor of American Studies at the University of Graz and former President of the Austrian Association for American Studies. After receiving his PhD and Venia Legendi at Freie Universität Berlin, he became affiliated with various international universities, among others Freie Universität Berlin, University of Vienna, Università Ca‘ Foscari, Radboud Universiteit, University of Toronto, and Harvard University. Brandt has lectured and published on a wide range of topics within the interdisciplinary fields of American Popular...

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