Names in Literature : Essays from Literary Onomastics Studies


Names in Literature : Essays from Literary Onomastics Studies



Edited by Grace Alvarez-Altman, Frederick M. Burelbach (both former College at Brockport faculty members).

Includes chapters by them: Grace Alvarez-Altman, A methodology for literary onomastics: an analytical guide for studying names in literature.

Frederick M. Burelbach: Look! Up in the sky! It's What's-His-Name!.

Also includes chapters by two more former faculty members: Luis A. Oyarzun, Some functions of names in Galdos's novels.

Walter P. Bowman, The titles of dramatic works : problems for translators and researchers.

This volume celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Literary Onomastics Conference. The 21 essays presented here show how the study of names can illuminate works of all ages and genres. The essays range over epics and comic books; embrace Shakespeare, Moliere Kafka, Carl Sandburg, and Toni Morrison, among many others; discuss the histories of names and their sounds; reveal how names identify a moment in time and how they communicate across the ages. Co-published with the American Name Society.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Lanham [Md.] : University Press of America, c1987.

vi, 241 p. ; 23 cm.


English Language and Literature


Modern Languages and Cultures


Located in Drake Library at: PN56.N16 N35 1987

Naming techniques in Pedro Páramo / Margaret V. Ekstrom -- Names in Thomas Pynchon's V / Kelsie B. Harder -- Name and place in Trollope / Bill Overton -- Look! Up in the sky! It's What's-His-Name! / Frederick M. Burelbach -- By their names you shall know them : Flannery O'Connor's onomastic strategies / Paul F. Ferguson -- Chekhov's humorous names / John P. Pauls -- Molière's use of names in Georges Dandin / Betty J. Davis -- An inquiry into the metric of names : sound and rhythm of names in Hart Crane's White buildings / John T. Shawcross -- Some functions of names in Galdós's novels / Luis A. Oyarzun -- The names of slaves and masters : real and fictional / Murray Heller -- The function of names in the mythopoeic process in William Carlos Williams' Paterson / Alan Ostrum -- Onomastics in the works of Franz Kafka / Elizabeth M. Rajec -- The evocative power of place names in the poetry of Carl Sandburg / Allen Walker Read -- Noms de plume of Esperanto authors / Richard E. Wood -- 'And the children may know their names': Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon / Ruth Rosenberg -- The titles of dramatic works : problems for translators and researchers / Walter P. Bowman.