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Thresholds to the ‘Great Unread’: Titling Practices in Eleven ELTeC Collections


Roxana Patras, Carolin Odebrecht, Ioana Galleron, Rosario Arias, Berenike J. Herrmann, Cvetana Krstev, Katja Mihurko Poniž, Dmytro Yesypenko. “Thresholds to the “Great Unread”: Titling Practices in Eleven ELTeC Collections”. Interférences Littéraires/Literaire Interferenties, 25 (2021), 163–87. URL:


The main aim of the paper is to describe and, to a certain extent, to understand, titling practices in literary discourse through the exploration of a multilingual literary corpus comprising European novels published between 1840 and 1920. The study is based on the analysis of 11 out of the 16 sub-collections of novels in preparation within the COST Action 16204 “Distant reading for European Literary History”, namely the English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Ukrainian sub-collections. We focus on an analysis of persons, places and genre entities in titles, and observe some regularities involving the “syntax” of these various entities.


ELTeC, titles, annotation, multilingual

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     title = {Thresholds to the “{Great} {Unread}”: {Titling} {Practices} in {Eleven} {ELTeC} {Collections}},
     volume = {25},
     issn = {2031-2970},
     shorttitle = {Thresholds to the “{Great} {Unread}”},
     url = {},
     language = {en},
     urldate = {2021-10-27},
     journal = {Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties},
     author = {Patras, Roxana and Odebrecht, Carolin and Galleron, Ioana and Arias, Rosario and Herrmann, Berenike J. and Krstev, Cvetana and Poniž, Katja Mihurko and Yesypenko, Dmytro},
     month = oct,
     year = {2021},
     pages = {163--187},