Borders and Border Crossings in the Contemporary British Short Story

  • Barbara Korte
  • Laura Mª Lojo-Rodríguez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Barbara Korte, Laura Mª Lojo-Rodríguez
    Pages 1-17
  3. Geopolitics and Grievable Lives

  4. Ethnicity and Liminal Identities

  5. Animal Encounters and Metamorphic Bodies

  6. The Short Story, Borders and Intermediality

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 283-289

About this book


This book represents a contribution to both border studies and short story studies. In today’s world, there is ample evidence of the return of borders worldwide: as material reality, as a concept, and as a way of thinking. This collection of critical essays focuses on the ways in which the contemporary British short story mirrors, questions and engages with border issues in national and individual life. At the same time, the concept of the border, as well as neighbouring notions of liminality and intersectionality, is used to illuminate the short story’s unique aesthetic potential. The first section, “Geopolitics and Grievable Lives”, includes chapters that address the various ways in which contemporary stories engage with our newly bordered world and borders within contemporary Britain. The second section examines how British short stories engage with “Ethnicity and Liminal Identities”, while the third, “Animal Encounters and Metamorphic Bodies”, focuses on stories concerned with epistemological borders and borderlands of existence and identity. Taken together, the chapters in this volume demonstrate the varied and complex ways in which British short stories in the twenty-first century engage with the concept of the border.

Barbara Korte is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany. 

Laura Mª Lojo-Rodríguez is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


National Identity Cultural Identity Margins Limits Liminality Intersectionality Brexit

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Korte
    • 1
  • Laura Mª Lojo-Rodríguez
    • 2
  1. 1.English DepartmentUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.University of Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-30358-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-30359-4
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