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Antony Augoustakis and Monica Cyrino

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474407847

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407847.001.0001

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Social Dynamics and Liminal Spaces

Social Dynamics and Liminal Spaces

(p.97) 6 Social Dynamics and Liminal Spaces
STARZ Spartacus
Stacie Raucci
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on those liminal spaces that highlight the power struggles of the series' main characters. Spartacus, the titular character of the series and the face of the struggle to escape Roman servitude, exists in a liminal space for the duration of the series, since he is always shown to be in-between worlds. Hence, this chapter examines the obvious liminality of concrete physical thresholds, such as cliffs and balconies, and then moves on to spaces that function as gateways to change while being physically more self-enclosed. These spaces in-between and at the margins, as this chapter shows, reveal and facilitate acts of transgression, transformation, and resistance. Such liminal spaces ultimately reflect Spartacus' own journey, as he finds himself in spaces of transition and transformation, with each place presenting special challenges.

Keywords:   liminal spaces, liminality, transition, transformation, social dynamics, power struggles, physical thresholds, gateways

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