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Book Review: Liminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian and British Writing, Ed. Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergman (London, Routledge, 2015)

Beryl Pong
p. 195-198

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“Liminality as a concept of both demarcation and mediation between different processual stages, spatial complexes, and inner stages is of obvious importance in an age of global mobility, digital networking, interethnicity, transnationality, ecological reconsiderations of species boundaries as well as technological redefinitions of the human” (3). The first sentence of the editors’ introduction to Liminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian, and British Writing captures perfectly the book’s immediate strengths and potential weaknesses. This is, on one hand, an ambitiously diverse collection that makes a strong case for the concept of liminality as an approach to literary and cultural criticism. On the other hand, if liminality both demarcates and mediates across such a wide spectrum of social, cultural, and political issues, its own boundaries are actually not that obvious. What exactly isn’t liminal?

Conscious of liminality’s applicability to seemingly ev...

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Beryl Pong, « Book Review: Liminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian and British Writing, Ed. Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergman (London, Routledge, 2015) », Journal of the Short Story in English, 69 | 2017, 195-198.

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Beryl Pong, « Book Review: Liminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian and British Writing, Ed. Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergman (London, Routledge, 2015) », Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 69 | Autumn 2017, mis en ligne le 01 décembre 2019, consulté le 22 mai 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/1878

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Beryl Pong

University of Cambridge

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