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dc.contributor.advisorValens, Kejaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Evan
dc.creatorMiller, Evanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-22T17:58:50Z
dc.date.available2022-06-22T17:58:50Z
dc.date.issued2022-05en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.13013/2552
dc.description.abstractThis thesis focuses on the concept of liminality and the presence of liminal states in José Saramago’s trilogy of novels, Blindness, All the Names, and The Cave. Defined by qualities of disorientation and ambiguity, liminality speaks to being in a state of “in-between,” which, I argue, is applicable to the central characters in each of these texts. Specifically, I examine how Saramago’s characters experience these liminal states, as well the qualities of the liminal states themselves, which share many - though not all - of the same characteristics as labyrinths and caves. To that end, I trace the liminal journeys of the central characters in each novel, the actions required to successfully complete their journeys, and how the culmination of these journeys manifest as an achievement of change engendered by realization, epiphany, and clarity of consciousness. This thesis is divided into three chapters, bookended by introduction and conclusion. In the first chapter, I detail the history of liminality and define the “liminal state” and “liminal subject.” I also discuss how Saramago’s characters can be considered liminal subjects, and the events that precipitate the characters’ entrances into their respective liminal states. The second chapter features the analysis of the beginning stages of the characters’ liminal journeys - the “descents into darkness and the “confrontations with death” - and introduces the concept of “concentric liminality,” as well as the parallels between liminality and symbolic existence. The third chapter explores the final stage of the liminal journey, the “ascension to light,” and the processes by which the characters can achieve their transformations and exit their liminal states.en_US
dc.titleJourneying Through The In-Between: An Exploration Of Liminality In José Saramago’sblindness, All The Names, And The Caveen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.departmentEnglishen_US
dc.type.degreeMaster of Arts (MA)en_US
dc.subject.keywordSaramagoen_US
dc.subject.keywordliminalityen_US
dc.subject.keywordlabyrinthen_US
dc.subject.keywordcaveen_US
dc.subject.keywordsymbolic existenceen_US


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