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Costume de ghost”: Liminality in Grace King’s Balcony Stories

  • Stéphanie Durrans
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Abstract

The typically feminine space of the balcony has often been construed as a form of material enclosure and confinement for Southern women. Far from dramatizing such patterns of entrapment, Grace King uses the balcony as an intrinsically liminal space allowing her female narrators free play in subverting well-established customs and conventions. This chapter uses Victor Turner’s reflections on liminality and social drama as a theoretical framework to explore King’s Balcony Stories (1893) and examine their ability to effect a reversal of perspectives from the privileged position that the balcony offers to its occupants. King’s women on the balcony may be seen to provide mere “entertainment,” but if we consider, along with Turner, the etymology of the term and its affinities with liminal space, such an activity takes on a much more subversive dimension.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stéphanie Durrans
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  1. 1.Université Bordeaux MontaignePessacFrance

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