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First Pages: A Poetics of Titles

First Pages: A Poetics of Titles

by Giancarlo Maiorino
     
 

ISBN-10: 027102996X

ISBN-13: 9780271029962

Pub. Date: 05/28/2008

Publisher: Penn State University Press

"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. While the term has been used in the literary community for thirty years, this book presents for the first time a thoroughly developed theoretical

Overview

"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. While the term has been used in the literary community for thirty years, this book presents for the first time a thoroughly developed theoretical discussion on the significance of the title as a foundation for scholarly criticism. Although 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 this argument, Maiorino analyzes a wide range of examples from the modern era through high modernism to postmodernism, with writings spanning the globe from Spain and France to Germany and America. By examining works such as Essais, The Waste Land, Ulysses, and Don Quixote, First Pages proves the power of the title to connect the reader to the thematic, cultural, and literary context of the writing as a whole. Much like a facade to a building, the title page serves as the frontispiece of literature, a sign that offers perspective and demands interpretation.

About the Author:
Giancarlo Maiorino is Rudy Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Indiana University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271029962
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: The Frontispiece of Literature     1
Modern
At the Top of the Page and Below the Frame: Arcadia, Concert Champetre, and Pastoral Titles     9
The Title's Novelistic Birthmark: La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y sus fortunas y adversidades     30
From Title to Genre: Essaying at the Threshold of Form     48
Modernist
Title Translated into Title: Ulysses     65
The Waste Land: The Archaeology of Titles     95
Off the Page and onto the Stage: Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore     124
Between Expectation and Explanation: Waiting for Godot     141
The Dustbin of Titles: From "The Literature of Exhaustion" to "The Literature of Replenishment"     160
Postmodern
"La biblioteca de Babel": The Archititle in a Library of Titles     189
Cervantine First Pages: The Inadequacies of Retitling     220
The Picaresque and the Quixotic: An Adventure in Titology     240
Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore: Et cetera, Et cetera     262
After the End of Art: The Obituary of Titles     284
The Literature of Titles     299
Notes     309
Index     355

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