Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture

Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture

Nadine Desrochers (Université de Montréal, Canada) and Daniel Apollon (University of Bergen, Norway)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: April, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 390
ISBN13: 9781466660021|ISBN10: 1466660023|EISBN13: 9781466660038|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6002-1


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.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Bibliometrics
  • Database Design
  • Digital Arts and Literature
  • Digital Culture and Materiality
  • E-Books and E-Publishing
  • Paratextual Theory
  • Web Usage and Analytics

Reviews and Testimonials

Scholars of information and library sciences, literature, and various social sciences offer several perspectives on the potential uses and expansions of paratextual theory in digital culture. They cover contextualizing paratextual theory in digital culture; questioning the source: authorship, ownership, and appropriation; case studies of the digital paratext and its object; and from the "book as object" to the "digital as object." Specific topics include electronic literary text and new media paratexts, text mining authorship and acknowledgment from a bioinformatics corpus, iteration and evolutions: paratext and intertext in fanfiction, the pornographic paratexts of Pornhub, and post-book paratext: designing for haptic harmony.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Nadine Desrochers is an assistant professor at the Université de Montréal’s school of library and information studies (EBSI). She holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Ottawa and an MLIS from Western University. Her research examines the paratext and perceptions surrounding cultural products, both in print and online, as well as the information-seeking and information-sharing habits of creators. In so doing, she builds bridges with her humanities background, offering an interdisciplinary outlook into the role of libraries and other information providers as cultural agents. Her paper entitled “Private Practice, Public Gratitude: Following the Traces of Information Behaviours in Acknowledgement Paratext,” co-written with Jen Pecoskie (Wayne State University), won the Overall Best Paper award at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science (2012). Nadine Desrochers is also a theatre translator; her translations have been read or produced in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and New York.
Daniel Apollon is an associate professor of Digital Culture (Humanistic Informatics) at the University of Bergen (Norway) and former head of the research group for Text Technologies at Aksis Unifob AS (2003–2009). He is presently leading the Digital Culture Research Group at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies. He also has extensive experience coordinating lifelong learning and digital media projects in Europe. He has served as an independent academic expert for the EU Commission, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), and other international organizations. He has also taken part in diverse COST Actions, including Interedition. He was recently a member of the international interdisciplinary Studia Stemmatologica team. He was also co-editor of the digital archives of Henrik Ibsen’s Writings (33 volumes). His research interests focus on digital text, general text evolution and reconstruction, as well as the cross-cultural and cross-linguistic aspects of digital media.