The Roman Paratext : Frame, Texts, Readers, Hardback Book

The Roman Paratext : Frame, Texts, Readers Hardback

Edited by Laura Jansen


What is a paratext, and where can we find it in a Roman text?

What kind of space does a paratext occupy, and how does this space relate to the text and its contexts?

How do we interpret Roman texts 'paratextually'? And what does this approach suggest about a work's original modes of plotting meaning, or the assumptions that underpin our own interpretation?

These questions are central to the conceptual and practical concerns of the volume, which offers a synoptic study of Roman paratextuality and its exegesis within the broad sphere of Roman studies.

Its contributions, which span literary, epigraphic and visual culture, focus on a wide variety of paratextual features - e.g. titles and inter-titles, prefaces, indices, inscriptions, closing statements, decorative and formalistic details - and other paratextual phenomena, such as the frames that can be plotted at various intersections of a text's formal organization.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 334 pages, 4 Tables, black and white; 19 Halftones, unspecified; 19 Halftones, black and white; 1 Li
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
  • ISBN: 9781107024366



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