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In her chapter on “Paratext,” Louise Brix Jacobsen examines how fictionality as a rhetorical strategy helps us understand the functioning of specific paratext-text relations. Through various text examples and a case study of the Nat Tate biography hoax (William Boyd, 1998), Jacobsen shows the importance of the movement from classification to functioning and thus from a text-based approach to a communication-based approach. The study shows that paratextual signals can be multiphased or delayed and make the receiver participate in a meaning-creating negotiation where fictionality is ascribed retrospectively in service of global communicative aims. Jacobsen concludes by arguing that future research in fictionality must take into account that fictionality is operative and relevant even though and sometimes particularly when it is not ascribed immediately.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFictionality and Literature : Core Concepts Revisited
EditorsLasse Gammelgaard, Stefan Iversen, Louise Brix Jacobsen, James Phelan, Richard Walsh, Henrik Zetterberg-Nielsen, Simona Zetterberg-Nielsen
Number of pages20
PublisherOhio State University Press
Publication dateDec 2022
ISBN (Print)978-0-8142-1501-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-8142-8261-8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022
SeriesTheory and Interpretation of Narrative


  • Paratext
  • Fictionality
  • Hoaxes
  • Nat Tate - A Biography


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