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Peritextual Literacy Framework

Title: The Peritextual Literacy Framework: Using the Functions of Peritext to Support Critical Thinking.
Name(s): Gross, Melissa, author
Latham, Don, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2017-04-18
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The peritextual literacy framework (PLF) is a tool for accessing, evaluating, and comprehending the content of media using elements that frame the body of a work and mediate its content for the user. Paratextual elements are the focus of research in classification, bibliometrics, reader’s advisory work, and in studies of authorship and publication. However, paratextual theory is just beginning to be acknowledged in LIS. The PLF closes a gap in paratext theory by categorizing the functions of peritext into six types: production, promotional, navigational, intratextual, supplemental, and documentary. The PLF is unique in that it provides both a framework for further research on peritext, as well as a pedagogical tool that supports teaching in the areas of information literacy, media literacy and analysis, critical thinking, reading, and media design and production.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1492614735 (IID), 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.03.006 (DOI)
Keywords: Peritext, Information literacy, Critical thinking, Media literacy
Publication Note: This article is an accepted manuscript, and the publisher's version of record is available at
Preferred Citation: Gross, Melissa, & Latham, Don. (2017). The peritextual literacy framework: Using the functions of peritext to support critical thinking. Library and Information Science Research, 39(2), 116-123. doi: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.03.006
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Library and Information Science Research.
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 39

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