Liminality in Fantastic Fiction: A Poststructuralist Approach

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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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Sandor Klapcsik was awarded his PhD at the Cultural Studies Department of the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. He was a Fulbright-Zoltai Fellow at the University of Minnesota in 2007-2008 and a Hungarian State "Eotvos" fellow at the science fiction archives of the University of Liverpool.


"This volume takes a nuanced and intriguing look at the works of Agatha Christie, Stanislaw Lem, Philip K. Dick and Neil Gaiman. Through its careful selection of material, it brings together and inspires new ways of looking at these established figures from the worlds of popular fiction. Sandor Klapcsik proves to be an invaluable guide and a sophisticated thinker as he moves between genres and oeuvres; fans as well as scholars of SF and detective mysteries will find much food for thought in his critical explorations." --Matt Hills, Cardiff University, the author of Fan Cultures and The Pleasures of Horror

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