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Liminal and Transmodern Female Voices at War: Resistant and Healing Female Bonds in Libby Cone’s War on the Margins (2008)

Department of English and German Philology, Faculty of Education, University of Zaragoza, C/Pedro Cerbuna, 12, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
Societies 2018, 8(4), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8040114
Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 3 October 2018 / Accepted: 6 November 2018 / Published: 14 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Representations of Transmodern War Contexts in English Literature)
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Abstract

When addressing marginal experiences during the Second World War, the German occupation of the Channel Islands deserves pride of place, as very few writers have represented that liminal side of the conflict. One of these few writers is Libby Cone, who published War on the Margins in 2008, a historical novel set on Jersey during this occupation and whose main protagonist encounters various female characters resisting the occupation from a variety of marginal positions. Drawing from Rodríguez Magda’s distinction between “narratives of celebration” and “narratives of the limit”, the main claim behind this article is that liminality is a general recourse in transmodern fiction, but in Cone’s War on the Margins it also acts as a fruitful strategy to represent female bonds as promoters of empathy, resilience and resistance. First, this study will demonstrate how liminality works at a variety of levels and it will identify some of the specific features characterizing transmodern war narratives. Then, the female bonds represented will be examined to prove that War on the Margins relies on female solidarity when it comes to finding resilient attitudes to confront war. Finally, this article will elaborate on how Cone uses these liminal features to voice the difficult experiences that Jewish and non-Jewish women endured during the Second World War, echoing similar conflictive situations of other women in our transmodern era. View Full-Text
Keywords: liminality; Second World War; the Channel Islands; feminism; love; resilience; empathy; women’s historical fiction; transmodern; Libby Cone liminality; Second World War; the Channel Islands; feminism; love; resilience; empathy; women’s historical fiction; transmodern; Libby Cone
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Pellicer-Ortín, S. Liminal and Transmodern Female Voices at War: Resistant and Healing Female Bonds in Libby Cone’s War on the Margins (2008). Societies 2018, 8, 114.

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