One of the common methods for side-lining women in literature is to leave them nameless.
This is the case with the woman in Jerome’s Vita Malchi. However, this woman is also vital to
the narrative and the progression of the title character, Malchus. The aim of this study was to
assist in giving this important character an identity by examining the many ways in which she
is actually named, firstly in terms of the roles assigned to her, and then in terms of the
associations that can be made between her and other people and characters from Jerome’s
experience. Using a variety of literary techniques, including close-text, intra- and intertextual
readings, it was possible to make many such identifications, turning the nameless woman into
the nameful woman.