Vol. 40 No. 2 (1992)
Research Article

Literary Linkage: The Naming of Serial Novels

Published 1992-06-01



While many writers of serial novels do not devise mutually related titles for their works, some do, especially in popular fiction such as crime novels and children's literature. The titles may be linked either by repetition or by a more subtle device such as variations on a generic theme.


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