An everlasting name: Cultural remembrance and traditions of onymic commemoration

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The ever-growing interest in cultural memory has generated an impressive body of academic literature on public commemoration, but not enough attention has been paid until now to the power and appeal of names to transcend death. This book is the first to investigates onymic commemoration as a technology of immortality. Bringing together issues as diverse as casualty lists on public display and honorific street-names, the inquiry expands on the commemorative capacity of an “everlasting name” as a site of remembrance. It explores how notions about names, being, fame and an afterlife have coalesced into prestigious and time-honored commemorative practices and traditions that demonstrate the cultural power of an “everlasting name” to confer immortality through remembrance. By linking ancient traditions and modern practices, this book offers a cross-cultural analysis of onymic commemoration that is broad in scope and covers a wide time frame, encompassing diverse historical periods, cultural contexts and geopolitical settings.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages204
ISBN (Electronic)9783110723014
ISBN (Print)9783110722994
StatePublished - 8 Mar 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© düsseldorf university press, Düsseldorf 2018. © 2021 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.


  • Immortality
  • Memory
  • Names
  • Public commemoration
  • Public history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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