Play and Liminality in Modernist Cultural Theory

  • Mihai I. Spariosu
Part of the Modernism and … book series (MAND)


Before I can turn to exploring the exilic-utopian imagination both as one of the main features of modernity and as a ludic form of liminality, I need briefly to review the ways in which the concepts of play and liminality have so far been employed in modernist cultural theory and clarify my own understanding of these concepts.1


Cultural Phenomenon Rational Play Binary Opposition Logical Contradiction Subsequent Chapter 
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  1. 3.
    For a full discussion, see Meir Lubetzki (1979), “The Early Bronze Age Origin of Greek and Hebrew Limen, ‘Harbor’” in The Jewish Quarterly Review, New Series, Vol. 69, No. 3, 158–180.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 4.
    See, among others, Maurice Bloch (1992), Prey into Hunter, Cambridge University PressGoogle Scholar
  3. Mathieu Deflem (1991), “Ritual Anti-Structure and Religion: A Discussion of Victor Turner’s Processual Symbolic Analysis,” in Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion, 30.1.Google Scholar

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  • Mihai I. Spariosu
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  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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