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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This first English translation offers a global view of liminal mediations and their relation to the reading public. Choice of a public. Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism.

The second type is the generally less explicit and more distant relationship that binds the text properly speaking, taken within the totality of the literary work, to what can be called its paratext: With precision, clarity and through wide reference, he shows how paratexts interact with general questions of literature as paratexys cultural institution.

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References to this book Fantasm and Fiction: Unpacking the paratextual dynamics of “the cover and its appendages,” for example, Genette distinguishes four book covers: Paratexts are the liminal devices and conventions, that mediate between book, author and reader–e.

The themes of the how. Thresholds of Interpretation Gerard Genette No preview available – Yet the presence of the ISBN: Account Options Sign in.

I thought that this classic work by Genette was going to be a tad daunting. This threshold consists of a peritext, consisting of elements such as titles, chapter titles, prefaces and notes. The University of Cambridge. Although there is an intertwined and uncertain spatial and temporal order of a “para” object, the occurrence of a paratextual element is part of the publicisation of the literary work:.


Showing of 1 reviews. A thing in ‘para,’ moreover, is not only simultaneously on both sides of the boundary line between inside and outside. It also includes an epitext, which consists of elements such as interviews, publicity announcements, reviews by and addresses to critics, private letters and other authorial and editorial discussions — ‘outside’ of the text in question.

He states, “More than a boundary or a sealed border, the paratext is, rather, a threshold.

An Essay in Method. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The public authorial epitext. But can paratexts subtly influence the reader’s potential to read against the grain?

Genette also explores the function of the spine of the book and dust jacket in this section—paratexts that contain several of the same paratexs found on the covers. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Genette presents a global view of these liminal mediations and the logic of their relation to the reading public by studying each element as a literary function.

Paratexts are those liminal devices and conventions, both within and outside the book, that mediate between book, author and reader: Write a customer review. Account Options Sign in.

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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: Paratext goes into a lot of detail yet his explanations are always very clear. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. That is, not all books contain the same paratextual elements identically arranged.


Combined the covers contain a variety of paratextual contexts that may potentially steer readers to have expectations of, if not to particular readings of the literary work.

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Paratext is a concept in literary interpretation. Cambridge University Press Amazon.

Other prefaces other functions. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. It is also the boundary itself, the screen which is a permeable membrane connecting inside and outside. There is a methodological playfulness to Genette’s paradigm of the paratext as he employs an approach that is at once aesthetic, narratological, and bibliographical.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Paratexts 1 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. In this first English translation Tables of contents running heads.

Paratexts are those liminal devices and conventions, both within and outside the book, that form part of the complex mediation between book, author, publisher, and reader: With clarity, precision and an extraordinary range of reference, Paratexts constitutes an encyclopedic survey of the customs and institutions as revealed in the borderlands of the text.