The nation and its peripheries

Borderland narratives and theories of liminality

Authored by: Swatee Sinha , Anjali Gera Roy

Transcultural Humanities in South Asia

Print publication date:  March  2022
Online publication date:  March  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367483715
eBook ISBN: 9781003039549
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The centre locates itself and identifies its zone of functionality by mapping the peripheral or tracing out the margins beyond which its code of operation loses its validity. This chapter probes into the metaphysics of the peripheral, studying it as a zonal interval in which cross-over discourses proliferate, transforming it into a liminal space comprising an odd array of superfluous elements. Living at the edge of sanctified spaces entails a constant manufacture of survival strategies. The chapter explores such alternative modalities of registering presence embodied in mnemonic narratives, migrant chronicles and aesthetic formulations.

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