Introduction: Threshold Thinking

  • Rita Bode
  • Kristin J. Jacobson


The two-part introduction, co-authored by Rita Bode and Kristin J. Jacobson, opens by placing the collection within the larger field of American women writers. The first section provides an accessible overview of the collection’s two key theoretical concepts: liminality and hybridity. It summarizes the ongoing scholarly conversation about the field of American women writers and highlights the theories’ key scholars and the ways in which liminality and hybridity inform literary and cultural studies. The second section places the collection’s individual essays within this theoretical and historical context, drawing thematic connections among them and across the three time periods. The introduction demonstrates how American women’s writing is “threshold writing,” or writing that both delineates clear boundaries and opens to enticing possibilities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rita Bode
    • 1
  • Kristin J. Jacobson
    • 2
  1. 1.Trent UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Stockton UniversityGallowayUSA

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