Litt, Dorothy E.
About the author: Dorothy E. Litt is an independent scholars. She teaches Shakespeare on Film in the Lifetime Learning programs in Newton and Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. She has published numerous articles on the English Renaissance, and reviewed scholarly books for this period for many journals.2001 0-7734-7397-1
These essays are the work of thirty years of research in English Renaissance onomastics. They deal with subjects as varied as dance-names, namelessness and place-names in drama, nominal jests, the varied meanings of a place named Wilderness; names in graffiti, self-defining in subscriptions to familiar letters; and women’s names in elegies. Two essays are on political aspects: one concerning the name of the Earl of Essex, and another on naming in a poem by Sir Walter Raleigh to his queen. One essay concerns humanism and onomastics, another the organic function of onomastics in Shakespeare’s drama.