Exile and Utopia as Playful Liminality

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


As I mentioned at the beginning of Chapter 1, in the past few decades, numerous studies have focused on exile and utopia as independent concepts, but very few have seen them as interdependent (or engaged in a relationship of mutual causality), and none has, at least to my knowledge, explored them as kindred forms of ludic liminality. In light of the foregoing discussion, I should like to suggest that although exile and utopia are obviously not interchangeable concepts, they share certain liminal and ludic features, imparting to them that air of “family-resemblance” which Wittgenstein discerns in the relations obtaining between discrete, yet kindred concepts (Wittgenstein 1986). Above all, I shall demonstrate that they can both reenact and transcend the dialectics of center and margin that is associated with a mentality of power.


French Revolution Everyday Reality Power Game Western Modernity Alternative World 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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