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The Aesthetic Relation Hardcover – November, 1999

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr; 1 edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801435110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801435119
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,627,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Genette came to fame as a narratologist with his Figures series. I never found tat work terribly exciting. But then I read Genette's Paratexts about fifteen years ago and found it eye-opening. I read Palimpsests a couple of years ago and enjoyed it mostly for its bizarre organization by numbered chapters. it takes Genette over thirty pages to get to his topi and then another two hundred or so before he actually states his thesis. Both books are witty and erudite. I also read several books by Genette that have not been translated. Finally, I got to the Aesthetic Relation. It too is eye-opening. There is a wonderful essay on Roland Barthes' last published essay. It reads really well with Derrida's essay The Deaths of Roland Barthes." I hadn't realized that Genette is a great close reader as well as a wonderful "far" reader of narrative and textual structures. If you like Genette, you will like this book.
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