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 GĂ©rard 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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Paratexts are the liminal devices and conventions, that mediate between book, author and reader–e. This first English translation offers a global view of liminal mediations and their relation to the reading public.

In ‘Paratexts, ‘ an English translation of ‘Seuils, ‘ Gerard Genette psratexts how the special pragmatic status of paratextual declarations requires a carefully calibrated analysis of their illocutionary force. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like genetye suggest updates through seller support? Paratexts are those liminal devices and conventions, both within and outside the book, that mediate between book, author and reader: With precision, clarity and through wide reference, he shows how paratexts interact with general questions of literature as a cultural institution.

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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 1 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I thought that this classic work by Genette was going to be a tad daunting.

However, I couldn’t have been more mistaken. I purchased “Paratexts” to better analyse the paratextual features of a number of autobiographical novels written for children even though Genette’s focus is on literature in general.

Genette goes into a lot of detail yet his explanations are always very clear. 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. The text deals with practically each and every facet of the paratext and it is invaluable for any scholar, particularly scholars who are interested in aspects of narratology which are often ignored or simply taken for granted.


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