Introduction to the Paratext*. Gerard Genette. HE LITERARY WORK consists, exhaustively or essentially, of a text, that is to say (a very minimal definition) in a. Paratext is a concept in literary interpretation. The main text of published authors is often Literary theorist Gérard Genette defines paratext as those things in a published work that accompany the text, things such as the author’s name, the title. Cambridge Core – Literary Theory – Paratexts – by Gerard Genette.

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A literary work consists, entirely or essentially, of a text, defined very minimally as a more or less long sequence of verbal statements that are more or less endowed with significance. Genette also explores the function of the spine of the book and dust jacket genettw this section—paratexts that contain several of the same elements found on the covers.

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Although the examples provided are often taken from the canon of French literature, this should not,in my opinion, prove to be an obstacle for any reader, whether literature scholar or enthusiast. Paratextz to this book Fantasm and Fiction: Other prefaces other functions.

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Read more Read less. Commentary on the title. Paratexts are the liminal devices and conventions, that mediate between book, author and paratdxts.


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The name of the author, publisher, title, laudatory comments, excerpts from reviews, biographical notices, indication of genre “a novel” and publisher information pre-dispose readers to opinions of the literary work before they have commenced reading the work. The themes of the how. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Set up a giveaway. The University of Cambridge.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Editions du Seuil, as Narrative Discourse: Buy the selected items together This item: Appendices Footnotes [1] Lewin’s translations of Genette’s work include: We do not always know whether these productions are to be regarded as belonging to the text, in any case they surround it, precisely in order to present it, in the usual sense of this verb but also in the strongest sense: Throughout Lewin demonstrates a clear understanding of the philosophical, historical, and literary interests that fuel Genette’s thinking.

Genette presents a global view of these liminal mediations and the logic of their relation to the reading public pwratexts studying each element as a literary function. While Paratexts is a hand list of the above and other terms catalogued in PalimpsestsGenette intends “paratext” to communicate the ambiguity of the prefix “para.

Cambridge University Press, And if there is a difficulty in following Genette’s conception of the paratextual, it is located in this cartographically blurry critical space or, “threshold” which, for Genette, has no fixed location. The numerical code indicates the language of the book, and the publisher, for example.


It also includes an epitext, which consists of elements such as interviews, publicity announcements, reviews by and paratexst to critics, private letters and other authorial and editorial discussions — ‘outside’ of the text in question.

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Other editions – View all Paratexts: Genette goes into a lot of detail yet his explanations are always very clear. Thresholds of Interpretation Literature, Culture, Theory. The concept of paratext is closely related to the concept of patatextswhich is the earlier text that serves as a source for the current text.

An Essay in Method Ithaca: Translated by Jane E Book Description Paratexts are the liminal devices and conventions, that mediate between book, author and reader–e. There is a methodological playfulness to Genette’s paradigm of the paratext as he employs an approach that is gentte once aesthetic, narratological, and bibliographical.

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