This critical work diversifies Victor Turner's concept of liminality, a basic category of postmodernism, in which distinct categories and hierarchies are questioned and limits erode. Liminality involves an oscillation between cultural institutions, genre conventions, narrative perspectives, and thematic binary oppositions. Grounded on this notion, the text investigates the liminality in Agatha Christie's detective fiction, Neil Gaiman's fantasy stories, and Stanislaw Lem's and Philip K. Dick's science fiction.
Through an examination of destabilized norms, this analysis demonstrates that liminality is a key element in the changing trends of fantastic texts.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Significance of Liminality in Popular Fiction 7
1 Liminality and the Fantastic in Agatha Christie's Detective Stories 3
2 Liminal Fantasy in Neil Gaiman's Fiction 54
3 Stanislaw Lem: Liminality and the Revenge of the Mirror on Alien Planets 84
4 Philip K. Dick: Urbanity, Liminality, Multiplicity 121
Conclusion: Converging and Diverging Manifestations of Liminality and Multiplicity 163