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ISBN: 0521424062 / ISBN-13: 9780521424066

Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation

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  • Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation (Cambridge University Press) – Trade paperback (1997)
    by Gerard Genette, Jane E Lewin (Translator), Professor Richard Macksey (Foreword by)

    Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation

    Trade paperback, Cambridge University Press
    1997
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    456 pages

    ISBN: 0521424062
    ISBN-13: 9780521424066

    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 this first English translation of Paratexts, Gerard Genette shows how the special pragmatic status of paratextual declaration requires a carefully calibrated analysis of their illocutionary force. With clarity, precision and an extraordinary range ... Show more

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