Sooo, over the long weekend, I rambled at everyone/anyone who would listen to me think some more about liminality (which, gosh, I guess I haven’t blogged about since 2016, [really?] wow).
So, yeah, giant thank yous all around, especially to:
JI Daniels, who helped me simplify my hypothetical/potential talking points about how we might view a creative writing classroom as a liminal space.
Adam Tipps Weinstein, who made me remember the work of some theorists I’d forgotten about and, on a different note, also reminded me about conversations we once had about “deficit language.”
Dale Enggass, who helped me further simplify my talking points and who also, unrelated, reminded me I’ve been meaning to reread/revisit Violette Leduc.
This guy, whom I do not know, Mark Starmach, who posted this handy guide online about liminality wrt our morning commute, and who also provides this cool illustrated representation of one way of visualizing liminality.
Matt Pinney, who’s got some other ideas for visually representing the concept of liminality to students, which would lead to a productive in-class activity—both in his visual arts classes and my cw classes (we’re working on it, we’re getting there).
Rachel Levy, who asked the excellent question: What’s the point?
And Kirsten Bakis, for telling me to make it personal.
Crap, my alarm just went off and so now I’m cutting into my time for J19 edits and scholarship reviews, so I’ll wrap it up fast with some links to essays on liminality that I’m excited to dive into this week:
George P. Hansen’s “Liminality, Marginality, Anti-structure, and Parapsychology” (whose Amazon bio is 100% what?: “George P. Hansen was employed in parapsychology laboratories for eight years-three at the Rhine Research Center in Durham, North Carolina, and five at Psychophysical Research Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey. His research included remote viewing, psychokinesis on electronic random number generators, séance phenomena, and ghosts. His papers in professional journals also cover mathematical statistics, deception, skepticism, conjurors in parapsychology, and methodological criticisms. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.”).
Ayo Mansaray’s “Liminality and in/exclusion: Exploring the work of teaching assistants” (from Kings College London)
Sandro Carnicelli Filho’s “White-water rafting guides, leisure behaviour and liminality” (from University of the West of Scotland)
Sisirkumar Chatterjee’s “Exploring the Liminality of 'Reality': Reading The Enchantress of Florence” (from Calcutta University)
Nic Theo’s “Considerations on conceptual frameworks for writing liminality into popular film” (from Cape Peninsula University of Technology)
Jonas Soderlund’s “Moving in, moving on: liminality practices in project-based work” (from BI Norwegian Business School)
Angela Cruz’s “Discourses of Technology Consumption: Ambivalence, Fear, and Liminality” (from Monash University)
Arpad Szakolczai’s “Permanent Liminality and Modernity: Analysing the Sacrificial Carnival through Novels” (from University College Cork)
Pat Mahon Daly’s “Liminality and breastfeeding: women negotiating space and two bodies” (from Bucks New University)
Elise Paradis’s “Skirting the Issue: Women boxers, liminality and change” (from University of Toronto)