'...beyond the invisible barrier at Portage and Main': Liminality in John Marlyn's Under the Ribs of Death

B. Wenzl, in:, S. Brandt (Ed.), In-Between - Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture, Peter Lang GmbH, 2017, pp. 91–100.

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Brandt, Stefan L.
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Canadiana
Abstract
The essay focuses on individual and collective forms of liminality in John Marlyn’s Under the Ribs of Death. Set in early twentieth-century Winnipeg, the 1957 immigrant novel explores liminal experiences related to ethnic identity, male sexuality, social class, urban spaces and turbulent economic times. As the son of a poor working-class family from Hungary, Sandor Hunyadi makes every effort to become a true Canadian and a successful businessman, but, no matter how hard he tries to overcome contemporary ethnic prejudices and economic hardships, his personal and professional life remains in liminality. In other words, the protagonist undergoes separation, fails at incorporation, and becomes stuck in transition.
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2017-12-01
Book Title
In-Between - Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture
Page
91 - 100
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748

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Wenzl B. “...beyond the invisible barrier at Portage and Main”: Liminality in John Marlyn’s Under the Ribs of Death. In: Brandt S, ed. In-Between - Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture. Peter Lang GmbH; 2017:91-100. doi:10.3726/b11899
Wenzl, B. (2017). “...beyond the invisible barrier at Portage and Main”: Liminality in John Marlyn’s Under the Ribs of Death. In S. Brandt (Ed.), In-Between - Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture (pp. 91–100). Peter Lang GmbH. https://doi.org/10.3726/b11899
Wenzl, Bernhard. “‘...Beyond the Invisible Barrier at Portage and Main’: Liminality in John Marlyn’s Under the Ribs of Death.” In In-Between - Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture, edited by Stefan Brandt, 91–100. Peter Lang GmbH, 2017. https://doi.org/10.3726/b11899.
B. Wenzl, “‘...beyond the invisible barrier at Portage and Main’: Liminality in John Marlyn’s Under the Ribs of Death,” in In-Between - Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture, S. Brandt, Ed. Peter Lang GmbH, 2017, pp. 91–100.
Wenzl B. 2017. ‘...beyond the invisible barrier at Portage and Main’: Liminality in John Marlyn’s Under the Ribs of Death. In-Between - Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture. , Canadiana, 91–100.
Wenzl, Bernhard. “‘...Beyond the Invisible Barrier at Portage and Main’: Liminality in John Marlyn’s Under the Ribs of Death.” In-Between - Liminal Spaces in Canadian Literature and Culture, edited by Stefan Brandt, Peter Lang GmbH, 2017, pp. 91–100, doi:10.3726/b11899.

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