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By Professor Laura Jansen

What's a paratext, and the place will we locate it in a Roman textual content? what sort of house does a paratext occupy, and the way does this area relate to the textual content and its contexts? How will we interpret Roman texts 'paratextually'? And what does this process recommend a few work's unique modes of plotting that means, or the assumptions that underpin our personal interpretation? those questions are crucial to the conceptual and sensible matters of the quantity, which bargains a synoptic learn of Roman paratextuality and its exegesis in the large sphere of Roman stories. Its contributions, which span literary, epigraphic and visible tradition, concentrate on a wide selection of paratextual gains - e.g. titles and inter-titles, prefaces, indices, inscriptions, ultimate statements, ornamental and formalistic information - and different paratextual phenomena, comparable to the frames that may be plotted at a number of intersections of a text's formal association.

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HN 1) 4 6 5 See Morello (2011) 163; cf. Doody (2010) 95–6. See further Gibson (2011). Doody (2010) 92, also 120, 128–9; cf. Henderson (2011). However, arguing from various mismatches between the table of contents for the Natural History and its text, Riggsby (2007) 96–7 suggests that ‘what structure there was in the Natural History was not for the direct benefit of the reader’. 35 36 roy gibson Iron mines; iron statues; chased iron; different kinds of iron; ‘live iron’; the tempering of iron; remedies for rust; seven drugs from iron; fourteen drugs from rust; seventeen drugs from iron scale; wet plaster .

14 laura jansen intertextuality. In Chapter 12, Gibson deals with the Shepheardes Calender of Edmund Spenser, and explores the interface between the kinds of paratextuality Genette investigates in printed works and an older kind of paratext going back to antiquity, the tradition of the exegetical commentary. This collection of twelve bucolic poems, with one assigned to each month of the year, was first published in 1579 with an accompanying pseudonymous commentary, ascribed to the mysterious figure ‘E.

Hutchinson (2003). Barchiesi (2005) 338. He nails down the desire of the previous scholarly generation for formal finality in his citation of the metaphor of architecture, which chimes with Genette’s formalism. Butrica (2007). 23 24 duncan f. kennedy to 166 lines, and Virgil’s recreation of it in Eclogue 8 takes up 45 lines of that poem. 14 Moreover, Butrica suggests, the so-called ‘secondary tradition’ which cites the poet in the century after Catullus wrote offers little in support of the notion of a canonical edition in that period, three-roll or whatever.

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