Textual border

Textual borders are borders on the plane of the text. They typically divide between different linguistic, stylistic, discursive, narratological, thematic, or compositional areas of the text, or between the text and its outside, or between different typographical divided sections of the text (chapters, paragraphs, lines, sentences, etc.).

The border crosser who crosses these boundaries is the reader, and the textual border can thus be imagined as a kind of epistemological border to be crossed in the act of interpretation, according to the protocols of genre.

The border between the text (or a sub-section of the text) and its outside can be its outer border at each end – its beginning and ending, often structured as frames – in which case the movement of the reader as imagined as being in line with the text, progressively reading the text. It can also be the division between imagined positions before and behind the textual surface, in which case the movement of the reader is imagined as being at right angles to the text, an interpretation of the text or part of the text as a whole.

The concept of the textual border can be generalized to other media than the textual, in which case it makes sense to use correspondingly different terms, or the more general term medial border. In terms of a two-level system of border plane of the borders represented and the borders of the representation, the textual border is a border of the representation. Border poetics would not be border poetics without taking account of textual borders.

Sometimes textual borders are juxtaposed with topographic, symbolic, temporal and epistemological borders in the world of the text and thus coincide with manifestions of these other planes on the plane of the text.

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