LIMEN AND TEXT is offered as a website concerned with research into all aspects of liminality.
“Liminality” is taken to designate the condition of things that occupy a threshold, or to identify the conditions governing thresholds. As employed here, the word “thresholds” covers borders, frontiers and interfaces; zones of encounter, compromise or conflict; dividing lines, betwixt-and-betweens, interstices and missing-links. Furthermore, the word “thresholds” is relevant to an analysis of wavering or plural identities, of hybridity, blend and pollution; of textual or other objects shaped by a plurality of versions or multiforms; of ambivalence, ambiguity and polyvalence; of transgression, subversion and transcendence; of phenomena of a processual, transitional, transformative or evolutionary nature. For more detail see SECTION 3. LIMINALITY. The study of liminality has been gaining ground in Europe, and a large number of research groups and projects at present study the role thresholds play in all textual constructions—ultimately in all discourse. The LIMEN Group is one such research team, mainly located at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Its work centres on literature and discourse studies but it is willing to consider liminality matters in anthropology, folklore and cultural studies, philosophy, history and other disciplines. Among the various activities sponsored by The LIMEN Group the following may be mentioned:
- The Northanger Library Project, www.northangerlibrary.com. the latest in a series of state-funded research projects. It applies our understanding of things liminal to eighteenth-century culture, with particular emphasis on Gothic literature. It includes a permanent debate forum, The Madrid Gothic Seminar and www.northangerlibrary.
- The International Seminar on Liminality and Text (ISLT), its sixth encounter due to take place in April 2012.
- The Gateway Press, a publication venue which at present edits three separate collections:
1) Studies in Liminality and Literature, a series of books and monographs dealing with liminalist research and the poetics of the threshold;
2) the TRELLIS Papers, a series of occasional working papers;
3) the Northanger Library, a series of electronic editions and studies of Gothic texts.
These initiatives share a common goal: to place at the disposal of researchers everywhere a forum for the presentation and exchange of ideas, debate, and publication of results, and in this way to give visibility to liminalist research.