A meseregény írói névadásának jellegzetességei

  • Gabriella Petres Csizmadia Nyitrai Konstantin Filozófus Egyetem
  • Zsófia Bárczi Nyitrai Konstantin Filozófus Egyetem
Kulcsszavak: írói névadás, személynevek a mesékben, mai meseregények, névadási motivációk, egyedítés a névadásban


Characteristics of literary namegiving in fairy tale novels


The study examines the personal names of contemporary fairy tale novels, the motivations, and a typology of name-giving. It is based on the preconception that the characters of fairy tale novels go through a marked process of individualization as a result of novelization, in contrast to the characters of fairy tales, due to which the genre gradually moves away from depicting archetypes and tries to endow its characters with more independent personality traits. This process of individualization is also reflected in the personal names found in fairy tale novels, which function as an external marker of the personal identity of the characters. In the first section, the study reviews the naming habits of folk tales and then draws attention to the specific name-giving motivations along which fairy tale novels give their characters names. The study notes that real personal names, fantasy names, and descriptive names found in folk tales go through transformation in fairy tale novels, and a secretive naming style, associative naming, and name-giving in line with the magical function of names, playfulness and comic effect grow in importance. Descriptive, playful, and comic personal names – resonating with the expectations of the potential recipient – play an important role among the anthroponyms of fairy tale novels, and can even affect the story with their meanings or sound.

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