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Borderlands and Liminal Subjects

Transgressing the Limits in Philosophy and Literature

Editors: Elbert Decker, Jessica, Winchock, Dylan (Eds.)

  • Expands on a discourse that begins with Gloria Anzaldúa's view of the "border" as a ‘bleeding’ of categories into one another rather than as discrete spaces and identities
  • Addresses the history of philosophical discourse that emphasizes the concept of liminality
  • Discusses how an awareness of liminality can expand the possibilities for discourse relating to identity and conceptual systems 
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About this book

Borders are essentially imaginary structures, but their effects are very real. This volume explores both geopolitical and conceptual borders through an interdisciplinary lens, bridging the disciplines of philosophy and literature. With contributions from scholars around the world, this collection closely examines the concepts of race, nationality, gender, and sexuality in order to reveal the paradoxical ambiguities inherent in these seemingly solid binary oppositions, while critiquing structures of power that produce and police these borders. As a political paradigm, liminality may be embraced by marginal subjects and communities, further blurring the boundaries between oppressive distinctions and categories.

About the authors

Jessica Elbert Decker is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University San Marcos, USA.  Her current research investigates the symbolic structures of western patriarchy, especially as they appear in ancient philosophy, mythology, and psychoanalysis.

Dylan Winchock is a lecturer for the Literature & Writing and Liberal Studies programs at California State University San Marcos, USA.  His scholarship focuses on contemporary literature and the emergence of borderlands as sites of hegemonic struggle in city space. His most recent project is a critique of utopian fantasies in literature.

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“This collection speaks to the generativity and the urgency of the border, real or imagined, as a site for thinking and for doing. With its wide-ranging investigations from emerging and established scholars, Borderlands and Liminal Subjects is an essential contribution to the burgeoning interdiscipline between philosophy and literature, opening myriad possibilities at the limits of familiar categories, whether nation, race, gender, or genre.” (Emanuela Bianchi, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics, New York University, USA)

“How rare to find a volume that is truly committed to crossing disciplinary boundaries—rarer still, one that does it well. Borderlands and Liminal Subjects does both, rigorously applying the foundational insights of feminist border-thinking to novel and compelling sites within philosophy, literature, and the under-theorized space between them.” (Holly Moore, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Luther College, USA)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Borderlands and Liminality Across Philosophy and Literature

    Elbert Decker, Jessica (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Ethics at the Border: Transmitting Migrant Experiences

    Menozzi, Filippo

    Pages 21-40

  • Land, Territory and Border: Liminality in Contemporary Israeli Literature

    Mendelson-Maoz, Adia

    Pages 41-59

  • Zones of Maximal Translatability: Borderspace and Women’s Time

    Yeung, Heather H.

    Pages 61-81

  • A Search for Colonial Histories: The Conquest by Yxta Maya Murray

    Fernández, Salvador C.

    Pages 85-103

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eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-67813-9
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-67812-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Borderlands and Liminal Subjects
Book Subtitle
Transgressing the Limits in Philosophy and Literature
Editors
  • Jessica Elbert Decker
  • Dylan Winchock
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67813-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67813-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-67812-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 281
Topics