Butler, James Odelle
The power & politics of naming: literary onomastics within dystopian fiction.
MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.
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This research will examine the use of names within a particular genre of literature, in order to investigate the role of onomastics in shaping the characteristics of dystopian literature. Texts of this genre are unique in regards to the authoritarian and controlling nature of some ruling force, with this power manifested in a variety of manners, all of which feature important onomoastic manipulation in their composition. The control exercised over such naming is a major feature of the genre, but has received little scholarly attention. As a specialised genre, the number of core novels used to define the boundaries is relatively small, and thus allows research as a series in order to buil an interpretation that covers the genre as a whole.
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