Names in Literature

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  • Published: April 2003
  • Format: E-Book
  • Pages: 348
  • Size: E-Book
  • ISBN: 9780759688421

Starting with the game of literary name coining (“mudpies which endure”) and how names in literature are used and studied, Leonard R. N. Ashley, ranges widely over old and modern literature:  classical pseudonyms of the Renaissance, proper names in Shakespeare’s plays, names in the occult, James Fenimore Cooper’s naming skill in The Deerslayer, Sir W. S. Gilbert’s in the Savoy operettas, William Goyen’s in his novels, Edward Albee in his plays, Bret Easton Ellis’ techniques in Less than Zero, Thomas Harris’ in The Silence of the Lambs, “no-name narratology” in John Fowles’ A Maggott, the slang names of money in folklore, political parody in Barbara Gershon’s MacBird, weird names in Richard Powers’ The Goldbug Variations, the uflagging inventiveness of Charles Dickens, and more.  The book, by a much published expert on literary onomastics, shows fully how names are employed in various aspects of literature and even notes what reference books are available and what studies remain to be done.  This is the book on Names in Literature.


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