A lesson on paratext

IB English A Literature: A lesson on paratext

There is a good lesson to be had from asking students to consider what we encounter as readers before we even get to the first page of the narrative in a prose text - what Gerard Genette called the paratext, the elements that precede, punctuate or follow the main body of a text. This activity is best done once they know a text well enough that they can connect these peripheral elements with the concerns and complexities...

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