English Research Seminar Series

Liminality in Young Adult Fiction

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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities English Research Seminar Series, Dr David Belbin, Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University, presents : 'Liminality in Young Adult Fiction'.

  • From: Wednesday 30 November 2016, 12 am
  • To: Wednesday 30 November 2016, 12 am
  • Location: 101, Mary Ann Evans building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

As part of the School of Arts and Humanities English Research Seminar Series, Dr David Belbin, Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University, presents : 'Liminality in Young Adult Fiction'.

Summary 

A Young Adult fiction author looks at the history and definition of the term ‘liminality’ and discusses how it has been applied to literature in English. He distinguishes between the terms liminal and marginal, arguing that they cover distinct areas but are often mistakenly taken as synonyms. He goes on to discuss whether fiction can be considered a form of social anthropology. He argues that Young Adult (YA) fiction is the strongest expression of literature’s liminality, illustrating this with examples from his own work and that of others. He considers how YA fiction can be distinguished from Children’s fiction, fiction for adults and an emerging literature, new-adult fiction. He looks at liminality’s association with magic and the supernatural, showing how this applies to YA fiction. He concludes by looking at communitas, the state which follows liminality, and the implications this has for how we might view liminality in YA fiction and creative literature in general.

Location details

Room/Building:

101, Mary Ann Evans building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

Past event

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