• Character Names and Comic Flexibility in Early Tudor Drama

      Burelbach, Frederick M.; The College at Brockport (2014-10-16)
    • Disappearing Letters and Breaking Rules: John Irving as Namer

      Wages, Jack D. (2014-10-16)
      Among a number of interesting contemporary American novelists is John Irving, whose first three novels were inventive and entertaining; his second three works, however, are particularly remarkable. With The World Accordjng to Garp (1978), The Hotel New Hampshire (1981), and most recently Cider House Rules (1985) Irving has taken, as one reviewer observes, "a quantum leap forward" not only as a story teller, but also as a novelist who makes use of numerous and varied techniques related to names and naming. From the ribald puns on place names and a memorable demonstration of the intricate relationships between one's very existence and one's name in The World According to Garp to the epigrammatical and philosophical "sorrow floats" of The Hotel New Hampshire to his performance of onomastic tours de force in Cider House Rules, Irving continues to provide a rewarding and provocative treasure-trove for the student of names in literature.
    • "Espiritu Sin Nombre": Names in Becquer

      Lynch, Susan; Rodriguez, Alfred (2014-10-16)
      The most striking feature of an onomastic study of the Rimas, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer's major poetic creation, is the extreme paucity of given names.1 Only four such names appear in all of the Rimas (Ofelia, Minerva, Lazaro, Dante), but even these few must be qualified for the purpose of this study. They are not properly given names, actually identifying characters or people addressed by the poet in his lyrics. All four have connotative and/or metaphorical functions as employed in their respective poems.2 In point of fact, then, there are no personal names at all uttered in the seventy-nine poems that constitute this significant body of verse.
    • Jacob and Joseph as Character Names in Modern Literature

      Brown, Russell E. (2014-10-16)
      The names Jacob and Joseph are of Hebrew origin; they appear often in both the Old and New Testaments and have inspired innumerable names, both actual and literary, throughout the history of Jews and Christians.
    • Jose Lopez Heredia's Milagro en el Bronx y Otros Cuentos: An Onomastic Approximation

      Finke, Wayne H.; Baruch College, City University of New York (2014-10-16)
    • Lexemes Into Names

      Lorenz, Brenna E. (2014-10-15)
      In lieu of an abstract, this is the opening paragraph of the article. Nominization (a term proposed by W. H. F. Nicolaisen in a personal communication, 1988) is a mechanism of name formation that involves the conversion of a lexeme into a name. The opposite is generally called commonization, by which a name is converted into a lexeme. Dr. Nicolaisen has suggested that lexemization would be a more accurate term.
    • Names as Distance Controllers in Literature

      Burelbach, Frederick M.; The College at Brockport (2014-10-20)
    • Names in Handke's Die Angst des Tormanns

      Brown, Russell E.; SUNY Stony Brook (2014-10-16)
    • Names of Characters in Plays by Molnar

      Rajec, Elizabeth M.; City College, City University of New York (2014-10-16)
    • Names, Naming, and Nature in the Tale of Genji

      Kido, Elissa (2014-10-16)
      The Tale of Genji, written in the early eleventh century by a Japanese woman in the imperial court, is the undisputed masterpiece of classical Japanese literature. Some critics suggest that Japanese fiction owes its existence to The Tale of Genji since it is the earliest work in the history of Japanese literature to set the literary standards for the narrative (Rimer 200). In terms of world literature, the presence of psychological introspection in such an early work has prompted Western critics to acclaim Genji as the world's first psychological novel (Morris 265), if not indeed "the oldest true novel written anywhere in the world" (Keene 187). The hero of this novel is Prince Genji whose appearance and abilities are so brilliant that he is called Hikaru Genji, the Shining Prince or the Radiant One. He is by every Heian standard the beau ideal, and his charismatic appeal is far-reaching.
    • Patrick Modiano's La Place de l'Etoile: Why Name a Narrator "Raphael Schlemilovitch"?

      O'Keefe, Charles (2014-10-16)
      Patrick Modiano's La Place de l'Etoile invites attention on at least two accounts. First, its appearance in 1968 marked an event in French publishing history, since Modiano used this, his first major work, to storm the French literary establishment as a mere twenty-year-old. Second, the book, a first-person narrative, is suffused by the theme of movement, a theme of no little critical interest: on the one hand it is as venerable as Odysseus' voyages and the wanderings of the Israelites; on the other, it is as contemporary as our distinctively twentieth-century art form, the cinema, the essence of which is obviously movement (witness the Greek etymon kin behind "cinema" and the English "motion pictures").
    • The Allegorical Sign in The Faerie Queene

      Harder, Kelsie B.; SUNY Potsdam (2014-10-16)
    • "Up to a Point": Onomastic Devices and Satire in Evelyn Waugh's Scoop

      Ashley, Leonard R.N.; Brooklyn College, City University of New York (2014-10-16)
      Ezra Pound defined literature as "news that stays news," and this study of names in a work of fiction that, though minor in its author's oeuvre, is important in modern literature deals with news reporting in mass-communication newspapers, the area of what John Carey has called "the greatest change in human consciousness that has taken place in recorded history."1 The novel is Scoop. It offers especially rich material for the student of how satirical names function in literature to score intellectual points, to set a tone, to banter and to be profound, to assist the writer with his classical aim of "teaching delightfully" and his personal aim of "tearing a strip" off his selected targets. Scoop is an hilarious novel set against the real-life background of a rather farcical clash in far-off Ethiopia of the great political forces of Fascism and Communism that were very soon to engulf the world in war. 2 Scoop transmuted the base metal of fact, by a catalyst of bias, into the gold of literature. And the essentials are so finely perceived that as I write, at the end of the summer of 1987, the satire still is relevant; for Ethiopia, now on the verge of setting up a shengo (one-party parliament) of a People's Democratic Republic to end the rule of a military dictatorship that followed the collapse of "The Power of The Trinity," Haile Selassie, is still strife-torn, its Colonel Mengistu still a figure of farce, and the rebellions in Tigre and Eritrea, involving comic-opera People's Liberation Armies and confused government troops as well as the border skirmishes (with Somalia, etc.), still both bloody and bloody silly. The names change, but the foolishness they mock remains in the news.
    • Wanderers from an Aztec Land: Chicano Naming Devices Used by Miguel Mendez

      Ekstrom, Margaret V.; St. John Fisher College (2014-10-16)