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Paratexts

Paratexts
Thresholds of Interpretation

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Part of Literature, Culture, Theory

  • Date Published: March 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521424066

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  • Paratexts are those liminal devices and conventions, both within and outside the book, that mediate between book, author and reader: titles, forewords and publishers' jacket copy form part of a book's private and public history. In this first English translation of Paratexts, Gérard Genette offers a global view of these liminal mediations and their relation to the reading public. With precision, clarity and through wide reference, he shows how paratexts interact with general questions of literature as a cultural institution. Richard Macksey's foreword situates Genette in contemporary literary theory.

    • First English translation of classic work by seminal French literary theorist
    • First attempt to theorise the importance of paratextual elements through an extraordinarily wide range of references
    • Foreword by Richard Macksey, leading literary theorist
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    • Date Published: March 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521424066
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Translator's note
    1. Introduction
    2. The publisher's peritext
    3. The name of the author
    4. Titles
    5. The please-insert
    6. Dedications and inscriptions
    7. Epigraphs
    8. The prefatorial situation of communication
    9. The functions of the original preface
    10. Other prefaces, other functions
    11. Intertitles
    12. Notes
    13. The public epitext
    14. The private epitext
    15. Conclusion
    Additional references
    Index.

  • Author

    Gerard Genette

    Translator

    Jane E. Lewin

    Foreword

    Richard Macksey

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