Liminality

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  • What Is Liminality?

    Liminality is a central theme to most of Arthur Yap’s work, extending his material to a broad range of interpretations and possibilities that elude a definitive and denotative meaning. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, that which is liminal has three interpretations: “minimality”; something “characterized by being on a boundary or threshold” or a “transitional… state between culturally defined stages of a person’s life”. This liminality is evident in Yap’s distinct artistry, where he engages in a sparse and economic style, representing the physical environment “sufficiently to give the reader a sense of what one feels, but not at the same time overwhelm the reader in any way” (Whitehead 2). Unlike other contemporaries like poet Edwin…

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  • Immigration In White Teeth Thesis

    immigrants. With the topic of immigration comes the idea of assimilation, which is the “process by which a person or a group 's language and, or culture come to resemble those of another group” (PowerPoint). Characters in this book are from all over the world (Jamaica, England, Bengal) and while set in England all characters must in some way assimilate to the culture of the people around them. This book explores the history of colonization of India and its surrounding nations by the British, in…

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  • Archetypal Criticism Of Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

    Raynise Adams Dr. Kathryn Crowther English 1102 9 September 2014 A Critique of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been as an Archetypal Tale As children, people are told tales that are meant to entertain and educate. These tales introduce children to the complexities of human behavior when trying to make the right decision. Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is an archetypal tale about fifteen year old Connie who while in this liminal phase of life makes the wrong…

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  • Moments Of Liminality Analysis

    In Between: An examination of three anthropologists’ moments of liminality Liminality is a term used in anthropology to describe a period of transition concerning social structure and understanding. Liminality consists of a pre-liminal state, a liminal period, and a communitas state. The pre-liminal state is characteristically defined as a time when events occur under specific conditions that start to press against an individual’s normal social structure and thought process. The liminal period…

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  • Passage Tomb Liminality

    The architecture of Passage tombs reiterates the ritual stage of liminality in the articulation of entrances and the arrangement of motifs, features and space. The most illustrative examples of passage tombs are those at the Bend of the Boyne, Ireland. It is Knowth, Dowth and New grange tombs, which communicate liminality most clearly. Firstly, the entrances to these tombs emphasizes the threshold or liminality of the space, between the land of the living and the land of the dead (ancestors).…

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  • The Characteristics Of Liminality In The Challenge By Gary Soto

    In “The Challenge”, Gary Soto introduces Jose as a young boy who experiences a change in his personality as he undergoes liminality. Prior to liminality, Jose is a teenager boy who is ingenuous and has a lack of experience of loving a girl. Jose is naïve because he thinks that receiving perfect test scores will make Estela notice him. Jose is exited to show Estela his new grades in history class: “Although Jose received another A-plus for his history quiz, Estela did not congratulate him.…

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  • Liminality: The Role Of Diversity In The Workplace

    Solomon et al (2006) describes liminality a passing zone which ‘suspends’ the employee culturally, individually and religiously between the two states i.e. his familiar world and the new marketplace, for a certain time period. Post immigration, the ethnic employee needs to do away with his past preferences and adopt the new roles and responsibilities. This state of suspension and the establishment of new roles is what designated as ‘role destabilization’ for the…

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  • Liminality And Communitas Rhetorical Analysis

    As Victor Turner explains in his text “Liminality and Communitas”, the middle stage of a rite of passage is called liminality and this allows for people to see the lower side of that society and experience it first hand. He believes that without this structural mobility there would be no social bond amongst the members belonging to that society. This does show that rites of passage does include power dynamics and in this case, whether in Judaism or any other religion, children are not members of…

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  • Liminality In Dostoevsky's Crime And P

    The social ritual of carnival takes place in a liminal space. Liminality is a space between boundaries. It is a constantly undefined space that allows for any social interaction that takes place within these spaces to be without the restrictions of defined societal restrictions. The majority of the complex discourses the characters have occur within these undefined spaces. For instance, in Crime and Punishment, discourse demonstrates key liminal spaces such as the stairs, bridges, and even…

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  • Prior To Liminality In The Challenge By Gary Soto

    Jose’s Great Dilemma Literary thesis statement: In “The Challenge”, Gary Soto introduces Jose as a young boy who experiences a change in his rite of passage in his personality as he undergoes liminality. I. Prior to liminality, Jose is a teenager boy who is ingenuous and has a lack of experience to loving a girl. A. Jose is naïve because he thinks that receiving perfect test scores will make Estela notice him. 1. “But when the quizzes had been returned and Jose bragged, ‘Another A-plus,’…

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