The Literary Paratext
- Date: –16:30
- Location: Engelska parken Rm 7-0042, Thunbergsvägen 3H, Engelska parken
- Organiser: Engelska Institutionen
- Contact person: Leonard Driscoll
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.
For more information, contact Leonard Driscoll (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.