In this first English translation of Paratexts, Gérard Genette offers a global view of Richard Macksey’s foreword situates Genette in contemporary literary theory. Cambridge Core – Literary Theory – Paratexts – by Gerard Genette. 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.
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Paratext is a concept in literary interpretation. The main text of published authors e.
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These added elements form a frame for the main text, and can change the reception of a text or its interpretation by the public. Paratext is most often associated with booksas they typically include a cover with associated cover arttitle, front matter dedication, opening information, forewordback matter endpapers, colophon footnotes, and many other materials not crafted by the author.
Other editorial decisions can also fall into the category of paratext, such as the formatting or typography. Because of their close association with the text, it may seem that authors should be given the final say about paratextual materials, but often that is not the case.
One example of controversy surrounding paratext is the case of the young adult novel Liarwhich was initially published with an image of a white girl on the cover, although the narrator of the story was identified in the text as black. The concept of paratext is closely related to the psratext of hypotextwhich is the earlier text that serves as a source for the current text.
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He states, “More than a boundary or a sealed border, the paratext is, rather, a threshold. Then quoting Philippe LejeuneGenette further describes paratext as “a fringe of the printed text which in reality controls one’s whole reading of the text”.
This threshold consists of a peritext, consisting of elements such as titles, chapter titles, prefaces and notes. 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. The paratext is the sum of the peritext and epitext.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The University of Cambridge.