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Definition of the noun Paratext

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  1. [literary] In literary theory, meanings that are alluded to, above or beyond the printed text; interpretations of text.


Paratext is a concept in literary interpretation. The main text of published authors is often surrounded by other material supplied by editors, printers, and publishers, which is known as the paratext. 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 books, as they typically include a cover, title, front matter, back matter 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 2009 young adult novel Liar, which 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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Paratext

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Google previewThe Language of Robert Burns (2013)

Style, Ideology, and Identity by Alex Broadhead

A paratext is a discrete segment of text that stands in an auxiliary relation to a central text. It includes—but is not limited to—titles, title pages, dedications, prefaces, footnotes, endnotes, glossaries, and indices. Watson challenges Genette's ...

Google previewCodename Revolution (2012)

The Nintendo Wii Platform by Steven E. Jones, George K. Thiruvathukal

Paratext is a shifting and uncertain threshold, a dynamic and often-con- cealed border. We believe, though, that it's where things get interesting, because it's where the meanings of games are made. The point is not to force the term paratext to ...

Google previewEnvisioning Ireland (2010)

W.B. Yeats's Occult Nationalism by Claire Nally

Thus the paratext is a threshold to the work itself, framing ...

Google previewRomanticism and the Rise of English (2008)

by Andrew Elfenbein

the explosion of the Romantic paratext is a partial indication that they did just that, as if to make up in prose for a radical uncertainty about recitability. the first-generation Romantics seemed ...

Google previewRenaissance Paratexts (2011)

by Helen Smith, Louise Wilson

the Renaissance paratext is an ever-expanding labyrinth, ...

Google previewContemporary Research on Intertextuality in Video Games (2016)

by Duret, Christophe, Pons, Christian-Marie

In-World Paratext: In-world paratext is a physical presence that accompanies the text. This encapsulates any event that structures or informs the player's game that occurs within the world that is physically tangible. This is in thinking of the video ...

Google previewRabelais Carnival (1990)

by Sam Kinser

Paratext refers to elements that frame the text, such as the title page, with its indications of title, author, and publisher, the table of contents, dedication, and preface; paratext includes elements scattered through the text such as illustrations, ...

Google previewThe Poetics of Genre in the Contemporary Novel (2015)

by Tim Lanzendörfer

Moreover, it is not by chance that Eggers's authorial commentary is conveyed through a paratextual resource. Indeed, the paratext is a privileged space for conveying The Fiction/Nonfiction Distinction ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Critical Theory (2010)

by Ian Buchanan

paratext French literary theorist Gérard *Genette's term for ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Novel (2011)

THE PARATEXT The term paratext was coined by French narratologist G erard Genette to refer to all of the supplementary material which ac- companies a printed text, though the term has subsequently been applied to all kinds of audiovisual ...

Google previewThe Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory (2010)

by Peter Auger

monograph oeuvre palaeography palimpsest paraphrase paratext patron ( patronage) pen-name (pseudonym/nom de plume) piracy plagiarism précis recension reception history (reception theory) redaction reference revision sigla synopsis ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Literature in English (2001)

by M K Bhatnagar

Modernism divides the paratext from the text; Postmodernism views them as a continuum.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory (1993)

Approaches, Scholars, Terms by Irene Rima Makaryk

The paratext forms an indistinct threshold between the inside and outside (the discourse of the world on the text) of ...

Google previewDictionary of Media and Communications (2014)

by Marcel Danesi

A paratext, for example, is defined as the physical and conventional characteristics associated with certain kinds of texts; paratextual features include such things as titles, headings, footnotes, dustjackets, and so on; an architext is the prototype ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Romantic Music (2013)

by John Michael Cooper

PARATEXT. In connection with music of the long 19th century, term for those elements of a musical text that stand apart from the sounding musical text per se but inform its meaning and potentially influence interpretation. In this context ...


by Franz Pochhacker

Paratext and Megatext as Channels of Jewish and Christian Traditions. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 49–81. Smirnov, Stanislav (1997) An overview of liaison interpreting. Perspectives: Studies in ...

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