Paratext

IB English A Literature: Paratext

There is a good lesson or two 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 their set texts - 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 the texts well enough that they can connect these peripheral elements with the concerns...


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