Call for Papers for the panel of American Name Society "Semantic relations and personal names"

The American Name Society (ANS) is issuing its Call for Papers for the ANS panel "Semantic relations and personal names" at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention (9-12 January 2020, Seattle)

The American Name Society is inviting abstract proposals for a panel with the literary theme “Semantic relations and personal names.”Names have meanings. They bear specific semantic connotations that, albeit forgotten by their users, are exploited by authors to evoke subsequent layers of interpretation. Papers of this panel will explore this practice and investigate how meanings of names are employed and to what ends, with a focus either on specific authors or with a broader scope. Examples of themes that can be addressed may be semantics of names in literary theory, name choices due to semantic connotations, intertextual relations based on the meaning of names, etc.

Proposal Submission Process:

1. Abstracts proposals of up to 400 words should be sent as an email attachment (PDF format) to Dr Andreas Gavrielatos (a.gavrielatos@reading.ac.uk).
2. Proposals should include “MLA proposal” in the subject line of the email.
3. All submissions must include an abstract title, the full name(s) of the author(s), the author affiliation, and email address in the body of the email and NOT with the abstract.
4. DEADLINE: Proposals must be received by 5pm GMT on 31 March 2019. Authors will be notified about results of the blind review on or by 03 April 2019.
5. Contributors selected for the thematic panel must be members of both MLA and ANS in order to present their papers.
6. For further information, please contact Dr A. Gavrielatos (a.gavrielatos@reading.ac.uk).