The Palimpsest Effect in Contemporary Narrative


Abstract: The article discusses the modernist and postmodernist features of the
narrative palimpsest, focusing on the functions acquired by the proper names of characters when they are imported into a literary text from previous fictional contexts. The author explores some of the major issues raised by the narrative recycling of fictional proper names, such as the problem of meaning, reference, character identity, and the necessary complicity and competence of the reader.

Keywords: narratology, hypertext, palimpsest, intertextuality, proper name, literary