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In-Between – Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Cultures


Edited By 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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Tripping on the Threshold; Groping in the Dark (Aritha van Herk)


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Aritha van Herk

Tripping on the Threshold; Groping in the Dark

Abstract: This essay deals with a writer’s experience of liminality within a particular landscape and space in Canada, the prairie west, and how that gap inscribes a reading and experience of place. It moves from geography and European exploration and colonization to a writerly return to Europe, analyzing Robert Kroetsch’s “The Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof” in light of doubling and disorientation.


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