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Liminal Fictions in Postmodern Culture : The Politics of Self-Development (Hardcover) (Thomas Phillips)
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Liminal Fictions in Postmodern Culture examines postmodern literary, musical, and cinematic narratives that seek to inspire critical thought and conduct through provocation. From Gogol's Dead Souls to Salinger's Franny and Zooey, Thomas Phillips argues liminal narratives offer an antidote to the modern commodification of the self. The development of both self and community, Phillips asserts, relies on the capacity to transcend habitual ways of occupying time and space. Interweaving his argument with theorists such as Terry Eagleton and Deleuze and Guattari, Phillips discusses a wide range of topics such as psychoanalysis, digital humanities, horror films, popular music, homelessness, and theology, reframing how readers should encounter twentieth-century- and twenty-first-century texts.
Liminal Fictions in Postmodern Culture responds to a milieu saturated with technology, reactionary ideologies, and intellectual complacency. It does so by examining distinctive literary, musical, and cinematic narratives that seek to inspire critical thought and conduct through provocation, its central argument thus resting on the notion of such forms offering an antidote to the prevailing fictionality of lived experience. The development of both self and community, the study asserts, relies on the capacity to transcend habitual ways of occupying time and space. Liminal narratives provide maps through the largely uncharted territory on the margins of tradition, that paradoxically absent continuum of the everyday that rewards forthright inquiry.
Number of Pages: 201.0
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: European / General
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Thomas Phillips
Street Date: September 22, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-0485