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Sarah LeFanu & Caroline Brothers

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Sarah LeFanu explores the biographer’s dilemma when it comes to names, and Caroline Brothers considers the issue of cultural appropriation. Sarah LeFanu explores the question of what name(s) to use for biographical subjects, the ongoing danger ‘of not being quite critical enough’ when the subject starts to feel like a friend, and the persistent asymmetry of naming men by surname and women by first name. Caroline Brothers investigates the issue of cultural appropriation in fiction, suggesting the right way for novelists to avoid crossing that line.


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