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About This Journal

The Journal of Literary Onomastics has its origins in the work of Gloria Alvarez-Altman, a professor in the department of Foreign Languages at SUNY Brockport who oversaw the publication (from 1974 until 1989) of Literary Onomastics Studies. Most of the work published therein consisted of papers given at a conference in nearby Rochester, NY by leading scholars in the field of Onomastics (the study of personal and place-names, broadly speaking). The conference and the periodical were a great success, and many of the articles published within its pages remain classics in the field. In 2010, given the absence of any publication devoted to literary name studies, Stefan Jurasinski (English, SUNY Brockport) sought to revive the journal under a new title and with new editorial procedures.