“Onomastica & Letteratura” 2021 Conference postponed but “Nome nel testo” 2022 calls for papers

Due to the persistence of the Covid emergency, we were forced to postpone the annual conference “Name & Literature” once again. Depending on the evolution of the pandemic, an online conference (divided into several days), which will be optional to attend, may be scheduled for autumn 2021.

On the other hand, our research activity continues not to suffer: last December “Name in the text” XXII (2020) has been published and the evaluation procedure of the essays destined for the next issue of the journal is currently underway. 

With this circular we invite those who wish to participate with their article in the “Nome nel testo” XXIV (2022) to send to the editorial staff (donatella.bremer@unipi.it), no later than 31 July 2021, an abstract, not generic, but sufficiently indicative (about one page) of their contribution. Please also attach a short resume.

Once the proposed topic is accepted by the Management Committee, the article to be submitted to the peer review process for possible publication, which must be sent to the editorial staff no later than 28 February 2022, not must exceed 12 pages (30.000 characters, including spaces). The latest Assembly of Members has decided on the topics to be discussed in the Symposium. These are:

Names –  inadequate, insulating or insulting

As is well known, in real life certain names end up by taking on connotations of infamy or stigma for the bearers (for Christians, the name, ‘Judas’; for those of anti-totalitarian convictions, the names of the “great dictators” of the twentieth century; the names of Jews in Nazi Germany; not to mention “foundling names”, or the name/numbers branded onto the forearms of deportees in the labour camps, etc.)

Titles of literary works as proper names

The title as ‘premise/promise’,  which can either be kept, or blatantly overturned, and which always leaves a trace in the mind of the reader (think of the suggestiveness of the titles of Amélie Nothomb’s early fiction).

Names in dedications

Proper names appearing in the dedications of literary works are often  placed there not for biographical purposes; nor are they to be seen in the light of a foreword or having some other  extraliterary role. For example, in his  Novellino,  Masuccio Salernitano seems to choose the name of his dedicatee first, and only later brings the text of his novella in line with the biographical profile of this dedicatee; the dedicatees in Matteo Bandello actually play a key part in a complicated narrative structure, while, in the ‘Proemio’ of Orlando Furioso, the function of the name ‘Ippolito’ (the reference is to Ippolito, Cardinal of Este) is not purely encomiastic.


As in the last few editions of the Conference, a special section is dedicated to the methodology of onomastic research. This year space will be given, in particular, to reflections on names by philosophers, writers and artists.

Regional literary onomastics.

O&L, editorial board

For further information contact also: Maria Giovanna Arcamone: magiarc@gmail.com and/or Giorgio Sale: giosale@uniss.it