CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS: Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture

full name / name of organization: 
Nadine Desrochers/Universite de Montreal (Canada)

The editorial team invites chapter proposals for a collective interdisciplinary work to be published in 2014 by IGI Global.

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 30, 2013

Inspired by narratologist Gérard Genette's seminal work Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation (translated by Jane E. Lewin, Cambridge University Press, 1997), the paratext framework is now used in many fields in order to assess, measure, analyze, and understand the elements that provide the thresholds allowing us to
"step inside" digital objects. When it was originally published in 1987, Genette's theory pertained to the book, and Genette defined the paratext as those liminal devices which wrap or accompany the text in order to make it both present and presentable – from titles to tables of content and from footnotes to notebooks. Yet
even in 1987, Genette envisioned extensions of the concept of paratext for new applications to other medias. Today, this important and far-reaching framework is recognized by scholars in many disciplines as a means to study our access to, and
understanding of Web content, digital arts, online catalogues, database architecture, and information practices, to name a few.

This book seeks to revisit Genette's seminal theory for the digital age through a collaborative outlook and an interdisciplinary perspective.

Objective of the Book:
The overarching goal of this book is to help scholars from various fields find an interdisciplinary framework and common language with which to study digital objects.

This book is aimed at scholars, students, and professionals working in the following fields:

Cultural Studies
Digital Arts
Digital Literature
Database Design
Information Architecture
Library and Information Science
Literary Studies
Media Studies
Scholarly Communication
Text Encoding, Markup, and Metadata

Submission Procedure:
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before March 30, 2013, a 1,000-1,200-word (excluding references) chapter proposal clearly outlining the objective and proposed methodology, if applicable. The proposal should be
submitted in English and follow APA guidelines. Full chapters (7,000-9,000 words in length before references) will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Submissions guidelines will be provided. Contributors may also be asked to serve as reviewers for this project.

Inquiries and submissions (Word document, author name removed) should be forwarded electronically to:
Corresponding editor: Nadine Desrochers, Assistant Professor, Ecole de bibliotheconomie et des sciences de l'information, Universite de Montreal
Co-editor: Daniel Apollon, Associate Professor in Digital Culture, University of Bergen

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