functions of the title

Dynamics in Development of the Title as a Paratextual Element (Based on German Travel Literature of 18th and 19th Century)

This paper reviews the title complexes of the title pages in German travel literature of the 18th and 19th century from the viewpoint of paratextuality theory by G. Genette and theory of the strong position by I. V. Arnold. Structural dynamics of the title development is most apparent in its steady size reduction. Extremely complicated titles are typical for the first half of the 18th century. They look like annotated content of the whole book rather than its laconic title (up to 20 title lines or up to 100 words and more).

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