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True Stories, Purely Imaginary: Signaling and Negotiating Fictionality in Peritexts

Verhandlungen und Markierungen von Fiktion im Peritext

This study examines how literary works use the peratext to signal and problematize their fictional or nonfictional status. Comparative analyses of examples mostly from the 18th and 20th centuries show that the peratext – whether of works billed as “true stories” or of those in which “any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental” – always negotiates acute problems in contemporary understandings of fiction.
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Audience: Literaturwissenschaftler, Germanisten, Anglisten, Romanisten