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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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Stefan L. BrandtIntroduction: The Canadian Cultural Imaginary and Its Liminal Aesthetics

I.  Liminal Landscapes

Aritha van HerkTripping on the Threshold; Groping in the Dark

II.  Canadian ‘Thirdspace’ – Nation, Language, and Immigration

Shilpa Daithota BhatInhabiting Trishanku in Canada: Threshold Experience in the Oeuvre of M.G. Vassanji

Peter Goggin‘Exclaveness’ and Liminality: Materialities and Rhetorics of Place at the Canadian Border

Derek C. MausSubversion and Self-Definition in Montréal Novels by Dany Laferrière and Rawi Hage

III.  Ambiguous Fictions – Liminality in the Canadian Novel

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