This interdisciplinary conference will take place at the University of York, UK on July 27th and 28th, 2006. Speakers include Christy Anderson, Tom Berger, Danielle Clarke, Mike Cordner, Juliet Fleming, Steven Galbraith, Hester Lees-Jeffries, Peter Lindenbaum, Sonia Massai, Randall McLeod, Neil Rhodes, Jason Scott-Warren, and Wendy Wall.
Participants will explore both the theoretical and the critical utility of the term 'paratext', opening up a wide range of paratexts from imprints to indices, typefaces to tables of contents, and illustrations to advertisements. Contributors will variously explore the material forms of Renaissance paratexts, their internal generic logic, rhetoric and conventions, and the ways in which they shape the readerís approach to the text (and, indeed, the textís approach to the reader). Looking also to the more diffuse spaces that Genette terms epitext, the conference will examine the construction and marketing of both book and author, and the ways in which books interact with their environments to create and inspire new meanings.
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