By Any Other Name

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How are we affected by our names? An article in The New Yorker by Rumpus interviewee Maria Konnikova discusses the implications of given names as indicators of class and racial backgrounds, and explores the impact that names have on the way we are treated by those around us.

We see a name, implicitly associate different characteristics with it, and use that association, however unknowingly, to make unrelated judgments about the competence and suitability of its bearer.


Serena Candelaria is a Rumpus intern, and a self-proclaimed fiction addict. This summer, she worked at 29th Street Publishing and began writing a novella. She is currently a senior at Yale, where she studies Literature. More from this author →