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Masking Strategies

Unwrapping the French Paratext

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Alistair Rolls and Maire-Laure Vuaille-Barcan

Gérard Genette’s seminal study of the paratext, Seuils (1987), is the starting point for this collection of essays, all of which seek not only to engage with Genette’s taxonomy and apply it, but also to interrogate it and to move through and beyond it. In addition to mapping Genette’s organization of (para)textual space onto a number of French texts, including novels and plays, texts translated into French, book series and publishing marketing material, these essays take up some of the challenges raised in Seuils as well as posing their own. For example, the relationship between Genette’s work and deconstructionist approaches to text and the intersection of paratextuality and translation, which are hinted at by Genette, are explored in more detail in the volume, as is the notion of moving through and beyond the paratext. As such, this book offers a significant re-engagement with and deployment of paratextual theory and practice.

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Notes on Contributors Jean Fornasiero and John West-Sooby work in French Studies at the University of Adelaide. Jean has worked on the literary resonances of the French utopian movement of the nineteenth century, and also pub- lishes in the area of contemporary French fiction. John has a long-standing interest in the nineteenth-century French novel, with a particular focus on the Napoleonic period and the works of Stendhal. Together they have published on French crime fiction and its nineteenth-century origins. Their joint interests also extend to the literary and historical connections between France and Australia, and include French translations of Austral- ian crime fiction, but also French exploration of the Pacific. Their work on the Baudin expedition, Encountering Terra Australis: The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders (co-authored with Peter Monteath, 2004), was awarded the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Prize in 2005. David Gascoigne is Honorary Senior Lecturer in French at the Uni- versity of St Andrews. His research has centred on later twentieth-century French narrative, including books on Michel Tournier and on Georges Perec and ludic fiction. His retirement was honoured by colleagues and friends with a Festschrift (Lorna Milne and Mary Orr (eds), Narratives of French Modernity: Themes, Forms and Metamorphoses, Peter Lang, 2011). Since retirement he has been happily exploring the work of contemporary writers such as Christian Gailly, Marie Nimier and Pascal Bruckner, and in a recent article for the journal Paragraph he has even ventured as far of f-piste as Dadaist poetry. Fran...

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