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First pages : a poetics of titles

Author: Giancarlo Maiorino
Publisher: University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""Titology", a term first coined in 1977 by literary critic Harry Levin, is the field of literary studies that focuses on the significance of a title in establishing the thematic developments of the pages that follow. Though Maiorino acknowledges that many titles are superficial and "indexical," there exists a separate and more complex class of titles that do much more than simply decorate a book's spine" "To prove  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Giancarlo Maiorino
ISBN: 9780271029962 027102996X
OCLC Number: 180190775
Description: xiv, 362 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. The Frontispiece of Literature --
Modern --
1. At the Top Of the Page and Below the Frame: Arcadia, Concert Champetre, and Pastoral Titles --
2. The Title's Novelistic Birthmark: La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y sus fortunas y adversidades --
3. From Title to Genre: Essaying at the Threshold of Form --
Modernist --
4. Title Translated into Title: Ulysses --
5. The Waste Land: The Archaeology of Titles --
6. Off the Page and onto the Stage: Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore --
7. Between Expectation and Explanation: Waiting for Godot --
8. The Dustbin of Titles: From "The Literature of Exhaustion" to "The Literature of Replenishment" --
Postmodern --
9. "La biblioteca de Babel": The Archititle in a Library of Titles --
10. Cervantine First Pages: The Inadequacies of Retitling --
11. The Picaresque and the Quixotic: An Adventure in Titology --
12. Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore: Et cetera, Et cetera --
13. After the End of Art:The Obituary of Titles --
14. The Literature of Titles.
Responsibility: Giancarlo Maiorino.
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