The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Fictional characters in non-fiction works

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2011), 29, (2), 65–69.

Abstract

Drawing mainly on postings to Index-L in the period 2008–11, Madeleine Davis explores the various approaches indexers have taken to the indexing of fictional characters in non-fiction works. She concludes that there are no ‘authoritative’ pronouncements on the subject, that any rules there may have been have become less prescriptive than they once were, and that (as so often in indexing) the only rule is that ‘it all depends’.

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Davis, Madeleine