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Renaissance Paratexts (Hardback)
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Renaissance Paratexts (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 19/05/2011
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In his 1987 work Paratexts, the theorist Gerard Genette established physical form as crucial to the production of meaning. Here, experts in early modern book history, materiality and rhetorical culture present a series of compelling explorations of the architecture of early modern books. The essays challenge and extend Genette's taxonomy, exploring the paratext as both a material and a conceptual category. Renaissance Paratexts takes a fresh look at neglected sites, from imprints to endings, and from running titles to printers' flowers. Contributors' accounts of the making and circulation of books open up questions of the marking of gender, the politics of translation, geographies of the text and the interplay between reading and seeing. As much a history of misreading as of interpretation, the collection provides novel perspectives on the technologies of reading and exposes the complexity of the playful, proliferating and self-aware paratexts of English Renaissance books.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521117395
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 19 mm

'... this is a terrific volume that should be read by anyone interested in any aspect of early modern literature.' SEL Studies in English Literature
"The editors have provided a clear, theoretically supple introduction and Peter Stallybrass a fine afterword...this is a terrific volume that should be read by anyone interested in any aspect of early modern literature." --Studies in English Literature
"Well-known for their work on the topics on which they write in this volume, the contributing authors have a lot to say and they bring to light a wealth of neglected historical material." --Renaissance Quarterly
"Still, Renaissance Paratexts is essential reading not only for book historians, but for any literary scholar interested in the complex dialogue..." --Sharp News

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