Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
chris_walsh

  • Mood:

Little Literature Ponder

Someone knows more about this than I do, which is easy because I don't know.

Many novels have character names or place names that aren't spelled out. I seem to think this happened a lot more in 19th century novels than in modern novels: I'm reading Jane Eyre which refers to a town as "            shire." It happens in modern novels, too: in The Color Purple a character is only identified as "Mr. J         ." (The film version gives him the name Mr. Johnson.)

Is there or are there reason(s) this was done? Maybe sometimes the details in those names aren't crucial, maybe sometimes it's a way to note the inherently artificial nature of constructing a story, but my spelling-many-things-out nature still wonders why it's done. And how these are handled when read aloud, for performances or for audio books.

Hey, someone's got to think about this stuff.
Tags: books
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment