The Architext: An Introduction (Quantum Books)

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In this essential theoretical essay, Gérard Genette asserts that the object of poetics is not the text, but the architext—the transcendent categories (literary genres, modes of enunciation, and types of discourse, among others) to which each individual text belongs. In seeking to link these categories in a system embracing the entire field of literature, Western poetics has divided literature into three kinds: dramatic, epic, and lyric. This division, generally accepted since the eighteenth century, has been wrongly attributed to Aristotle with great detriment to the development of poetics. Here Genette disassembles this burdensome triad by retracing its gradual construction and distinguishes among the architextual categories that this division has long obscured. In so doing, Genette lays a firm foundation for future theorists of literary forms.

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"Genette's erudite and witty book challenges radical historicism in literary studies. . . . A marvel of precision and argumentative rigour."—Thomas Pavel, Princeton University

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Gérard Genette is Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Jane E. Lewin received her Ph.D. in English from Brown University and has translated Genette's Narrative Discourse and Narrative Discourse Revisited.

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