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Stefano Predelli

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.001.0001

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The No-Name Hypothesis

The No-Name Hypothesis

(p.125) 8 The No-Name Hypothesis
Proper Names

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 presents the author’s views on so-called fictional names and of the relationships between this phenomenon and Millianism. His approach is grounded on the notion that fictional names are only fictionally proper names, and that the communicative import of their use is limited to cases of impartation. A ‘No Name hypothesis’ is developed in cases of homodiegetic and heterodiegetic fiction-telling, the idea of a ‘narrative periphery’ is introduced, and scenarios of metafictional discourse from the viewpoint of Davidson’s paratactic approach are discussed. This chapter concludes with discussions concerning occurrences of allegedly ‘real’ names in fiction, with the relationships between fiction and myth, and with certain semantic features of critical discourse.

Keywords:   fiction, narrative, fictional characters, Millianism, homodiegetic, heterodiegetic

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