The Literary Paratext

  • Date: –16:30
  • Location: Engelska parken Rm 7-0042, Thunbergsvägen 3H, Engelska parken
  • Organiser: Engelska Institutionen
  • Contact person: Leonard Driscoll
  • Seminarium

In this half-day workshop for students, teachers, and researchers, three specialists in paratexts will demonstrate how analysis of the function of paratexts in novels, plays, and poetry can generate compelling new insights.

Paratexts – including dust jackets, dedications, indexes, illustrations, blurbs, marginalia, maps, and fan fictions – are an indispensable part of the technology and experience of reading. Since the publication of Gerard Genette’s landmark study Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation (1987; trans. 1997), these “borderlands of the text” have become an object of intense attention for critics, who have used them to rethink the relationship between narrative form, modes of publishing, and book materiality. In this half-day workshop for students, teachers, and researchers, three specialists in this field will demonstrate how analysis of the function of paratexts in novels, plays, and poetry can generate compelling new insights.

 

All Welcome!

 

For more information, contact Leonard Driscoll (leonard.driscoll@engelska.uu.se)

 

Programme

13.15          Welcome

13.30          Paratexts and Paranormality in Vernon Lee’s ‘Hauntings’

                   Sally Blackburn, Liverpool University

14.15          Unparatexts: The Return of the Author

                   Dennis Duncan, Cambridge University

15.00          Coffee break

15.30          The Pages of Pride and Prejudice

                   Christina Lupton, Warwick University

16.15          Closing remarks

16.30          Symposium ends

The workshop is organised by the Department of English at Uppsala University with the support of Stiftelsen Lars Hiertas Minne and LILAe, the Research Network in Literary Studies at the Faculty of Languages, Uppsala University.