Text and paratext in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

  title={Text and paratext in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves},
  author={Rune Graulund},
  journal={Word \& Image},
  pages={379 - 389}
Abstract In Paratexts (1987), the French structuralist critic Gerard Genette begins his study by defining ‘paratext’ as that which: … enables a text to become a book and to be offered as such to its readers and, more generally, to the public. More than a boundary or a sealed border, the paratext is, rather, a threshold, or — a word Borges used apropos of a preface — a ‘vesitibule’ that offers the world at large the possibility of either stepping inside or turning back. It is an ‘undefined zone… 
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