May 02, 2004

Paratext

I’ve just finished reading Kevin Jackson’s Invisible Forms: A Guide to Literary Curiosities, a book about paratexts such as introductions, titles, dedications, epigraphs, footnotes, and so forth. It’s quite an interesting and very entertaining read. Jackson is a very witty writer, and his book is quite well researched. Many of the chapters are filled with meta-humour (lots of footnotes in the chapter on footnotes, the chapter on marginalia covered with seemingly handwritten comments). It’s definitely a good book for anyone interested in writing, whether it be for academic purposes or otherwise. I should have read this book while writing my dissertation.

What with all the end-of-term grading I have to do and the upcoming Kalamazoo conference, my head is just not into writing a lengthy post on this very interesting book right now, but perhaps I’ll write a fuller response later.

Posted by Mark at May 2, 2004 11:55 PM
Comments

Okay, you’ve intrigued me with the description of the book. Care to go all the way and lend it to me? ;)

Posted by: Tyla at May 5, 2004 02:20 PM

The book does sound great… I’m adding it to my list.

Posted by: madhava at May 6, 2004 10:41 AM

Sounds very interesting, and relevant to the work I’m doing. In medieval satire, a lot of editorializing goes on in dedications, refusals, deferrals (to patrons) and other devices which frame their writing within the social context of its production.

Must…sleep…

Posted by: Jon at May 8, 2004 01:42 AM