MLA 2023

San Francisco, CA (and online)

January 5-8, 2023

Revealing Names and Shifting Identities in Contemporary Literature of the United States

Program arranged by the American Name Society

Presiding: Christine De Vinne, Ursuline College

  1. Politicized Place Names: Toni Morrison’s Literary Map in The Bluest Eye; Christine De Vinne, Ursuline College
  2. Public and Private Names: The Internal Journey of Natalie Waite in Shirley Jackson’s Hangsaman; Susan Behrens, Marymount Manhattan College
  3. Viewing Names and Identity in Diverse Picture Books through a Lens of Damage and Desire; Carrie Anne Thomas and Blessy Samjose, Ohio State Univ.
  4. Planting Seeds in Literary Narrative: Onomastic Concepts and Questions in Yangsook Choi’s The Name Jar; Anne W. Anderson, Univ. of South Florida