Gérard Genette


Born
in Paris, France
June 07, 1930

Died
May 11, 2018

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Genette was largely responsible for the reintroduction of a rhetorical vocabulary into literary criticism, for example such terms as trope and metonymy. Additionally his work on narrative, best known in English through the selection Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method, has been of importance.[2] His major work is the multi-part Figures series, of which Narrative Discourse is a section. His trilogy on textual transcendence, which has also been quite influential, is composed of Introduction à l'architexte (1979), Palimpsests: Literature in the Second Degree (1982), and Paratexts. Thresholds of interpretation (1997).[3]
His international influence is not as great as that of some others identified with structuralism, such as Roland Barthes a
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Narrative Discourse

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Paratexts: Thresholds of In...

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Palimpsests: Literature in ...

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Figures III

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Narrative Discourse Revisited

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The Architext: An Introduction

4.15 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1979 — 5 editions
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Figures I

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Figures II

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Fiction and Diction

3.86 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1991 — 9 editions
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Mimologics

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“Qui peut le plus peut le moins.”
Gérard Genette, Théorie des genres

“What was very stylish yesterday is today very boorish, but the wheel turns, and what today is good-for-nothing will surely melt our hearts tomorrow or the day after. Don't throw out your old epigraphs: they could be useful to your
grandchildren, if they still know how to read.”
Gérard Genette, Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation

“there are no objects except particular ones and no science except of the general”
Gérard Genette, Narrative Discourse

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