The belief that the art of the novel can be discussed and evaluated only after its narrative techniques or "devices" have been identified and enumerated launches novel theory into an Adamic ecstasy of naming.

I have no idea what this phrase really mean.

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    Feasibly it's a typo / malapropism for academic, but I seem to recall that in the Bible there's reference to Adam (and Eve?) going through an extended process of assigning names to each different species of animal and plant that God has provided for them to have dominion over. Adamic = Of, belonging to, or characteristic of Adam; resembling Adam in nature or condition, in the full OED. – FumbleFingers Dec 23 '18 at 18:28
  • What does "naming" mean?What does "naming" refer to? – Viser Hashemi Dec 23 '18 at 19:39
  • As highlighted above, and again here - naming = assigning names. Same as The teacher is marking our homework, where marking = assigning marks (scores, ratings). – FumbleFingers Dec 23 '18 at 19:46
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    @FumbleFingers it is nothing to do with "academic" please delete your comment. Or put it in an answer. – James K Dec 23 '18 at 19:49
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    @JamesK: Don't be silly! The thrust of my comment makes it quite clear I don't think it's a typo or a malapropism! I didn't post an answer because to a considerable extent this looks like something you can just look up in a dictionary, so long as you have a fairly detailed knowledge of Judeo-Christian mythology (which not all learners do). I withheld my VTC partly because I wasn't sure how obvious the relevant "Adamic attribute" would be to all nns, given that the first online dictionary I checked only explicitly mentioned Adamic earth, as a reference to "red clay". – FumbleFingers Dec 23 '18 at 20:03

Adam was the "first" man in the bible. Adamic means is an adjective meaning "related to Adam".

In the bible, Adam names all the animals in the world. Then "ecstasy" literally means "coming out of yourself", but it often means a trace-like state of extreme pleasure. An "ecstasy of naming" is a figurative expression meaning something like "such excessive naming of things that you enter a trance".

The idea here is that if you think that each narrative device needs a name, you will need to be like Adam and have to name thousands of narrative devices. (It is implied that you do not need to name every narrative device to have a useful discussion of novel theory)

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