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Domsch, Sebastian. "Embodying Narrative, Staging Icons: The liminal space of embodied performance." Beyond Narrative. Exploring Narrative Liminality and Its Cultural Work. Eds. Sebastian M. Herrmann, Katja Kanzler and Stefan Schubert. Edition Kulturwissenschaft. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2022. 217–32. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1515/9783839461303-016
BibTeX citation key: Domsch2022
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Categories: General
Keywords: Body, Cosplay, Performance
Creators: Domsch, Herrmann, Kanzler, Schubert
Publisher: Transcript (Bielefeld)
Collection: Beyond Narrative. Exploring Narrative Liminality and Its Cultural Work
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The cultural practices of contemporary cosplay and medieval mystery play are showcases for the phenomenon of narrative liminality in that they are clearly and necessarily tied to narrative sources but have a tendency to deplete the narrativity of these sources. The argument will move along four aspects of the practices that mark their movements from narrative into a liminal space. These aspects are first of all the storyworlds from which the practices draw their significance. Iconicity is the second aspect that is the connector between the storyworlds with their recognizable existents and the performance that is at the core of the cultural practices. Performance is therefore the third aspect, which directly leads into the final aspect of embodiment, the significance of the real body of the performer, which further removes the practices from their sources. The notion of ‘moe,’ or adoration, is introduced as a way to understand the motivation for the phenomena described.
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