Liminality in Fantastic Fiction: A Poststructuralist Approach

Liminality in Fantastic Fiction: A Poststructuralist Approach

by Sandor Klapcsik


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Liminality in Fantastic Fiction: A Poststructuralist Approach by Sandor Klapcsik

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786464739
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/09/2012
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Sandor Klapcsik (Ph.D., Cultural Studies Department, University of Jyväskylä, Finland) was a Fulbright-Zoltai Fellow at the University of Minnesota in 2007-2008 and a Hungarian State “Eötvös” fellow at the science fiction archives of the University of Liverpool. He lives in Miskolc, Hungary.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

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

Notes 173

Bibliography 181

Index 197

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