By Michael Ragussis
Michael Ragussis re-reads the novelistic culture through arguing the acts of naming--bestowing, revealing, or incomes a reputation; disposing of, hiding, or prohibiting a reputation; slandering, or preserving and serving it--lie on the heart of fictional plots from the 18th century to the current. opposed to the history of philosophic methods to naming, Acts of Naming unearths the ways that platforms of naming are used to suitable characters in novels as diversified as Clarissa, Fanny Hill, Oliver Twist, Pierre, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Remembrance of items Past, and Lolita, and identifies unnaming and renaming because the locus of strength within the family's plot to regulate the kid, and extra really, to rape the daughter. His research additionally treats extra works by way of Cooper, Brontë, Hawthorne, Eliot, Twain, Conrad, and Faulkner, extending the concept that of the naming plot to reimagine the traditions of the radical, evaluating American and British plots, male and female plots, inheritance and seduction plots, and so forth. Acts of Naming ends with a theoretical exploration of the "magical" energy of naming in numerous eras and in several, even competing, kinds of discourse.
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