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Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture

Book Description

The paratext framework is now used in a variety of fields to assess, measure, analyze, and comprehend the elements that provide thresholds, allowing scholars to better understand digital objects. Researchers from many disciplines revisit paratextual theories in order to grasp what surrounds text in the digital age. Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture suggests a theoretical and practical tool for building bridges between disciplines interested in conducting joint research and exploration of digital culture. Helping scholars from different fields find an interdisciplinary framework and common language to study digital objects, this book serves as a useful reference for academics, librarians, professionals, researchers, and students, offering a collaborative outlook and perspective.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  6. Foreword
    1. THE PENUMBRAL WORLD OF THE PARATEXT
    2. REFERENCES
  7. Preface
    1. A THRESHOLD TO THE WORK AT HAND
    2. REFERENCES
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
    1. CROSSING DIGITAL THRESHOLDS ON THE PARATEXTUAL TIGHTROPE
    2. REFERENCES
  10. Section 1: Contextualizing Paratextual Theory in Digital Culture
    1. Chapter 1: The Context of Paratext
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHODOLOGY
      4. RESULTS
      5. DISCUSSION
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      9. ENDNOTES
      10. APPENDIX 1: ABBREVIATED AND FULL JOURNAL TITLES FOR JOURNAL CO-CITATION MAP OF THE “GENETTE” DATASET (FIGURE 5)
      11. APPENDIX 2: ABBREVIATED AND FULL JOURNAL TITLES FOR JOURNAL CO-CITATION MAP OF THE “PARATEXT” DATASET (FIGURE 6)
    2. Chapter 2: The Margins of Bookishness
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. TRANSFORMATIONS IN DIGITAL PARATEXTS
      4. STRATEGIC PARATEXTS IN THE LITERARY FIELD
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 3: E-Literary Text and New Media Paratexts
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. TOWARD NEW FORMS OF E-LITERATURE
      4. DIGITAL TEXT AND PARATEXTS
      5. NEW MEDIA PARATEXTS AT WORK
      6. THE PLAY OF VERBAL AND NON-VERBAL SIGNIFIERS
      7. ON THE DIGITAL TANGIBLE
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
    4. Chapter 4: Mashup as Paratextual Practice
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PARATEXT AND ITS THEORETICAL INCARNATIONS: TOWARDS THE FLUIDITY OF MEANING BETWEEN TEXTS
      4. PARATEXTUAL PRACTICES OF NETWORKED MEDIA: TOWARD PERITEXTS AS PROTOCOLS AND “WRITING MACHINES”
      5. MASHUP AND REMIX: FAMILY RESEMBLANCE?
      6. MASHUP AS A PARATEXTUAL PRACTICE: GOOGLE MAPS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
  11. Section 2: Questioning the Source: Authorship, Ownership, and Appropriation
    1. Chapter 5: Paratexts and Documentary Practices
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CREDIT AND WHAT COUNTS
      4. PREVIOUS WORKS: THE ANATOMY OF AN ARTICLE
      5. METHODS
      6. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
      7. CONCLUSION: DOCUMENTARY PRACTICES OF BIOINFORMATICS
      8. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      9. REFERENCES
      10. REFERENCES FOR TABLE 4
      11. ENDNOTES
      12. APPENDIX
    2. Chapter 6: Digital Paratext, Editorialization, and the Very Death of the Author
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE INVENTION OF THE MODERN FIGURE OF THE AUTHOR
      4. THE AUTHORIAL FUNCTION
      5. THE STRUCTURE OF DIGITAL SPACE
      6. WRITING AND ACTIONS IN A DIGITAL SPACE
      7. AUTHORS AND ACTORS
      8. EDITORIALIZATION AND THE PRODUCTION OF MEANING
      9. EDITORIALIZATION AS DYNAMIC PARATEXT
      10. CONCLUSION: THE ACTUAL DEATH OF THE AUTHOR
      11. REFERENCES
      12. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 7: Get Out of My Sandbox
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. NICK MONTFORT: CODE AS PARATEXT
      4. JASPER FFORDE: EPITEXT AND HYPERTEXT
      5. FANFICTION, HYPERTEXTS, AND HYPOTEXTS
      6. AUTHORSHIP, FANFICTION, AND COPYRIGHT
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ENDNOTES
    4. Chapter 8: Iterations and Evolutions
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FRAMEWORK
      4. BACKGROUND PERSPECTIVE
      5. METHOD
      6. CONTEXTUAL NOTE
      7. FINDINGS
      8. DISCUSSION
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
  12. Section 3: The Digital Paratext and its Objects: Case Studies
    1. Chapter 9: Bridging The Unknown
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FRAMEWORK
      4. LITERATURE REVIEW
      5. METHODOLOGY
      6. FINDINGS
      7. DISCUSSION
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      10. REFERENCES
      11. APPENDIX 1: CODEBOOK FOR THE INTERTITULAR APPARATUS
      12. APPENDIX 2: CODEBOOK FOR THE SOURCE CODE COMMENTS
    2. Chapter 10: Melodrama Remediated
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. METHOD AND SCOPE
      4. PARATEXT THEORY
      5. NINETEENTH-CENTURY PLAYBOOKS
      6. THEATRICAL PARATEXTS
      7. DRAMATIS PERSONAE
      8. COSTUMES AND MUSIC
      9. STAGE POSITIONS
      10. COMMERCIAL PARATEXT
      11. ACADEMIC PLAY PUBLISHING
      12. ARCHIVAL REMEDIATION
      13. PROQUEST DATABASE DRAMA
      14. SEARCHING
      15. THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF PROQUEST PARATEXT
      16. COPYRIGHT AND PASSWORD
      17. ACTUATING MARKS
      18. CONCLUSION: PARAPHRASING PARATEXTS
      19. REFERENCES
      20. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 11: The Functionality of Paratexts on YouTube
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF YOUTUBE
      4. THE ADAPTION OF PARATEXTS TO YOUTUBE
      5. REVISED PERITEXTS AND EPITEXTS
      6. METHODOLOGY
      7. RESULTS OF VIDEO-EMBEDDED PARATEXTS
      8. RESULTS OF PERIPHERAL ON-SITE PARATEXTS
      9. REGISTRATIONS OF UGC AND NON-UGC
      10. REFLECTIONS ON OFF-SITE PARATEXTS AND VIEWS
      11. PARATEXTUAL PERFORMATIVITY
      12. THE PARATEXT AS A PRESENTATION OF THE SELF
      13. CONCLUSION
      14. REFERENCES
      15. APPENDIX: URLs OF THE VIDEOS IN THE SAMPLE
    4. Chapter 12: The Pornographic Paratexts of Pornhub
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. “AUTHORING” THE PORN FILM
      4. PORNHUB 2.0
      5. DEVALUING PORNHUB
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ENDNOTES
    5. Chapter 13: Video Game Framings
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PART 1: TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
      4. PART 2: THE PARATEXT (OF VIDEO GAMES)
      5. PART 3: (THE PARATEXT OF) VIDEO GAMES
      6. CONCLUDING REMARKS
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ENDNOTES
    6. Chapter 14: Thresholds of Transmedia Storytelling
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRANSMEDIA NARRATIVE
      4. EXPANDING GENETTE’S SCHEMA TO FIT A TRANSMEDIA NARRATIVE
      5. CASE STUDY USING THE 39 CLUES
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ENDNOTES
      9. APPENDIX 1: WEBSITES AND AUTHORS ASSOCIATED WITH TRANSMEDIA PROJECTS OTHER THAN THE 39 CLUES LISTED IN THIS CHAPTER (IN THE ORDER THEY APPEAR)
      10. APPENDIX 2: LIST OF SPECIFIC BOOKS AND WEB PAGES ASSOCIATED WITH THE 39 CLUES PROJECT
  13. Section 4: From the “Book as Object” to the “Digital as Object”: A Nod to the Industry
    1. Chapter 15: Ebooks and the Digital Paratext
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION: EBOOKS AND THE DIGITAL PARATEXT
      3. SPATIAL PARATEXTUAL ELEMENTS
      4. TEMPORAL PARATEXTUAL ELEMENTS
      5. SUBSTANTIAL PARATEXTUAL ELEMENTS
      6. PRAGMATIC PARATEXTUAL ELEMENTS
      7. FUNCTIONAL PARATEXTUAL ELEMENTS
      8. REFERENCES
    2. Chapter 16: Post-Book Paratext
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PARATEXT
      4. ARTIFACTS OF EXPRESSION
      5. WRITING, PRINT, AND ORALITY
      6. E-READING TODAY
      7. POST-BOOK PARATEXT
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ENDNOTES
  14. Compilation of References
  15. About the Contributors