According to Gérard Genette, the paratext is what is beyond a text, e.g.: the cover, the title, the interviews about a novel...

Paratext can be devided into two categories: spatial and temporal. The spatial paratexts are peritext and epitext, while the temporal ones are divided into three categories: original, later and prior.

I did not understand the two categories "spatial" and "temporal". Can someone help me understand them?

In those examples can you help me find out which paratext is temporal and which one is spatial? I still have a hard time making a difference.

  1. The novel’s title
  2. The author’s foreword written for the second edition of the novel
  3. Film adaptation of the novel
  4. The film’s trailer
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    it is not important which novels I am referring to. I added more explanation to my question. It is about knowing the nature of the paratext. for example : an interview in which an author presents his book is considered an epitext which means that it is a spatial paratext. the title of a novel is considered a peritext , which means that it is a spatial paratext , but I couldnt understand the temporal paratext. Maybe my second example could be considered temporal as it is written ´´for the second edition´´ Not original for sure but prior or later – Machiavelli Jul 10 '19 at 19:44
  • Here are the categories of a paratext aws-cf.imdoc.fr/prod/photos/0/7/3/9639073/28027576/… – Machiavelli Jul 10 '19 at 19:52

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