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Transacting Sites of the Liminal Bodily Spaces

Author(s): Catalina Florina Florescu

Book Description

This book focuses on liminal bodies and their delicate transaction with themselves and other people’s bodies. More specifically, it explores the spatiality and discourses of the body dying; the body opened in surgery, or through MRIs, CATs, and sometimes in autopsies; the body preserved through computerized images such as those created by the Visual Human Project; the metonymic body that continues to live in another body through organ replacement; and the bodily parts cast in silver, and then abandoned in a museum.

This study also analyzes the discourses of the contemporary body commissioned by the vast industry of mass-media. This type of body has started to direct itself toward frugal, almost furtive pleasures; consequently—unlike those seriously affected by illnesses—a body constantly guarded by fear eventually runs on empty, becomes a corps-déjà-vu, and thus moves toward different types of minimal and liminal topology. The primary works examined include memoirs (Marjorie Williams’s “Hit by Lightning: A Cancer Memoir,” Arthur W. Frank’s At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness, Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals), films (Alejandro Amenábar’s The Sea Inside, Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, Pedro Almodóvar’s All about My Mother), stories (Marisa Silver’s “Night Train to Frankfurt”), visual artworks (as accomplished by Jo Spence, David Wojnarowicz, Félix Gonzales-Torres, and Natalie Horne) and plays (Bryony Lavery’s Last Easter, Paula Vogel’s Baltimore Waltz, William Hoffman’s As Is), which are read comparatively, namely as works positioned at the intersection between literature/visual art and social diaries.

This book has become part of the collections of the world’s leading universities: Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, the Library of Congress, and more.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2693-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2693-6
Date of Publication: 01/03/2011
Pages / Size: 195 / A5
Price: £34.99


In her works, Dr Catalina Florina Florescu analyzes the multifarious manifestations of the writing process, with a special emphasis placed on the idioms of pain and suffering. In the summer of 2007, she earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from Purdue University, USA. Over the years, she has taught Mythology, Latin, Writing and Literature at Purdue University, Rutgers University, and St. Peter’s College. She is currently teaching at Stevens Institute of Technology and at Hudson County Community College. For her outstanding results, she has also been awarded fellowships granted by Purdue Research Foundation and Modern Language Association’s International Bibliography Program.

Transacting Sites of the Liminal Bodily Spaces is Dr Florescu’s first book. In addition to her academic work, which has been published in book chapters and peer-reviewed journals, this author has written two plays, Transitional Object and Three as in Tri-angle or the Aftertastes of Life. Her greatest sources of inspiration are the loss of her dearest parents and the joys of Mircea Gruia, her son. More information about her work can be found on her blog: