Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation

Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation

by Gerard Genette
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
9780521413503
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
Literature, Culture, Theory Series, #20
Pages:
427
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
List of books by Gerard Genette
Translator's note
1Introduction1
2The publisher's peritext16
3The name of the author37
4Titles55
5The please-insert104
6Dedications and inscriptions117
7Epigraphs144
8The prefatorial situation of communication161
9The functions of the original preface196
10Other prefaces, other functions237
11Intertitles294
12Notes319
13The public epitext344
14The private epitext371
15Conclusion404
Additional references411
Index419

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