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Disposable elements? Indications of genre in early modern titles

Sullivan, Ceri 2007. Disposable elements? Indications of genre in early modern titles. Modern Language Review 102 (3) , pp. 641-653. 10.2307/20467425

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The marks of elite forms such as the ode or the tragedy are retained when a title is cited. Historians of the book have considered every marginal element of the early modern title-page: typeface and compositors' marks; printers' scrollwork and frontispiece design; authors' names and imprint. When it comes to the self-descriptions of vernacular prose, however, we casually dispose of such tags as 'A grand reproof…', 'A pious remonstrance…', 'A quiet rebuke…'. This essay argues that title-page markers of this kind have generic force, and that we would do well to acknowledge a taxonomy of subgenres not recognized before.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association
ISSN: 0026-7937
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:33

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