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Introduction: The Frontispiece of Literature


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


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"


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



About the Author

Giancarlo Maiorino is the Rudy Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University. He is the author of numerous books, including At the Margins of the Renaissance: Lazarillo de Tormes and the Picaresque Art of Survival (Penn State, 2003), winner of the 2004 Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize.


"Professor Maiorino's First Pages, sparkling with witty apercus, offers the first systematic and genuinely comparative study of 'titology' in literature.... The reader will never again look at a literary title with the same innocence as before." - Theodore Ziolkowski, Princeton University"

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