Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation / Edition 1

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Overview

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: titles, forewords, epigraphs, and publishers' jacket copy are part of a book's private and public history. In Paratexts, an English translation of Seuils, Gerard Genette shows how the special pragmatic status of paratextual declarations requires a carefully calibrated analysis of their illocutionary force. With clarity, precision, and an extraordinary range of reference, Paratexts constitutes an encyclopedic survey of the customs and institutions of the Republic of Letters as they are revealed in the borderlands of the text. 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. Richard Macksey's foreword describes how the poetics of paratexts interacts with more general questions of literature as a cultural institution, and situates Genette's work in contemporary literary theory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521424066
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Literature, Culture, Theory Series , #20
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
List of books by Gerard Genette
Translator's note
1 Introduction 1
2 The publisher's peritext 16
3 The name of the author 37
4 Titles 55
5 The please-insert 104
6 Dedications and inscriptions 117
7 Epigraphs 144
8 The prefatorial situation of communication 161
9 The functions of the original preface 196
10 Other prefaces, other functions 237
11 Intertitles 294
12 Notes 319
13 The public epitext 344
14 The private epitext 371
15 Conclusion 404
Additional references 411
Index 419
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