Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Germanistik
Ed. by Heimböckel, Dieter / Hess-Lüttich, Ernest W.B. / Mein, Georg / Sieburg, Heinz
A transit space may be defined as a ›liminal zone‹ (V. Turner): Social, sexual and cultural hierarchies may be reversed or temporarily dissolved, the continuity of traditions may become uncertain, and future outcomes once taken for granted may be questioned. The dissolution of an order in a liminal space creates a fluid, malleable situation that can allow for the establishment of new perspectives and conventions. In his Bericht für eine Akademie (1917), Franz Kafka casts a sceptical eye on the variety show as a liminal space. This might open new perspectives on Josephine Baker’s performances on stage and in life.