Sunday, December 30, 2012

Literary Onomastics

American Name Society Panel at Linguistic Society of America Annual Conference

Boston, MA, 3-6 January 2013

In conjunction with the M.L.A., the American Name Society is pleased to announce its first call for critical papers on literary onomastics (the study of names and naming in literature). From character names, place names, author names, and literary pseudonyms, to the names of literary works themselves (e.g. novels, novellas, plays, poetry, autobiographies, etc.), paper proposals dealing with names of any and all types are warmly welcomed. Furthermore, as we are committed to representing the international diversity of modern literary onomastics, the call is open to all periods, genres, and literary works from around the world. Proposed papers may either focus on a single work or on a body of work by one or more authors.

Possible topics for discussion:
• comparative literature, names, and naming
• the importance of names and naming in children’s literature
• critical theory and the analysis of the literary form and/or function of names
• literary translation, names, and naming
• the etymology of names in literature
• name symbolism in literature
• pedagogical strategies for heightening students' appreciation of literary names and naming
• the issue of (re)naming and the rewriting classics for modern audiences
• fact vs. fiction: the legal and moral issues involved of naming names within (auto)biographical works
• social, political, and historical importance of names and naming in literature
• the effect of names and naming in combating and//or reinforcing readers' stereotypes