Liminality is the state of being betwixt or between, derived from the Latin word limen, or “threshold.” The term has been used primarily by anthropologist Arnold Van Gennep and his contemporary, Victor Turner, to describe the nebulous social and spiritual location of persons in ritual rites of passage. Their work has focused on the sites of betrothal, adolescence and other nebulous states of initiation in which an individual’s status of kinship or influence in the community is undecidable.
The concept of liminality does not necessarily indicate an occupation of the “center” as in an equidistant or otherwise fixed position between extremes. Rather, liminality denotes an indeterminate (see indeterminacy) existence between two or more spatial or temporal realms, states, or the condition of passing through them. A postmodern understanding of this term rejects the privileging of any clearly definable center over a broader sense of middle ground with indistinct boundaries.
A postmodern liminality, likewise, considers the process or passage equally important as the end result, or destination. Liminality has also been a popular concept in literary’ studies, particularly in the 1980s as a result of increased critical attention to literature depicting the life phases of immigrant, exile, border and ethnic identities. The treatment of liminal experience in literary studies involves postmodern themes of dislocation, identity/selfhood and transmission of culture, for example, the negotiations of straddling two or more cultural identities or challenging the totalizing impulses of dominant culture.
How Was The Liminality Between Literature And The Other Arts?
“In every great writer there is a great painter, a great sculptor and a great musician”. That is the modernist dream, the desire of that renovating, disinhibiting, disturbing and founding movement that was the Hispano-American modernism, where the poet, creator of the word and artisan of the form, reveals a constant concern to find the expressive vehicle able to verbalize the vagueness, the mystery, the emotion, the aromas, the sensations, the sighs, etc. It is about the “magic” of language, its “plastic form” and its “own music”.
Lliminality between Visual arts And Literature.
POETRY IS A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF THE LIMINALITY BETWEEN VISUAL ARTS AND LITERATURE. A SAMPLE IS THE CALIGRAMS THAT REPRESENT THE IMAGE TO WHICH THE SPEECH MENTIONS, DRAWING THROUGH THEM BY ITS OWN WORDS
LIMINALITY BETWEEN AUDIOVISUAL ARTS AND LITERATURE
For a long time literary works, was carried to the representation apartir of corporal expression, music and scenographic elements; who use the arts for the design.