"You don’t mind my calling you Harry?" : Terms of address in John Updike’s "Rabbit" tetralogy

  • This paper examines the use of address terms in John Updike’s Rabbit tetralogy (Updike 1995). The first part of the analysis provides a comprehensive overview of the great variety of terms used to address the protagonist, Harry Angstrom, in the decades covered by the novels. The second part focuses on two important side characters, Reverend Eccles and Harry’s mother-in-law. It demonstrates how address term usage with these two characters reflects ongoing changes in their relationship with Harry. The main aim of the paper is to demonstrate the potential of fictional data for the study of address terms and, in return, to capture the manifold functions of address terms as a literary device in fiction.

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Author:Peter Backhaus
Parent Title (English):International journal of literary linguistics : IJLL
Publisher:Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Place of publication:Mainz
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/08/14
Date of first Publication:2020/08/14
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/08/28
Tag:"Rabbit" tetralogy; John Updike; sociolinguistics; terms of address
GND Keyword:Soziolinguistik
Page Number:28
First Page:1
Last Page:28
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Textlinguistik/Schriftsprache / Text linguistics
Linguistik-Klassifikation: Soziolinguistik / Sociolinguistics
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:International journal of literary linguistics
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0