Monthly Archives: January 2015

Excitement or illiteracy?

Here is Sopio Zhgenti’s second blogpost, once again on Virginia Woolf: The previous blog post I wrote was about Virginia Woolf and the nicknames she used with people close to her. This time, I would like to continue talking about … Continue reading

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The Adams Family Papers

The Adams Family is a popular topic in this blog. Here is another blogpost on them, Martijn Slokker’s last one:  When I wrote my course paper, I worked with the Adams Family Papers, an electronic archive which contains (among other … Continue reading

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Jane Austen: a very polite correspondent

Merel Kohsiek’s second blog post is on a comparison between the language of Charlotte Brontë and that of Jane Austen: For my analysis of the language of grief in Charlotte Brontë’s letters (see also my previous blog post), I did a … Continue reading

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English by Dutch people (2)

I wrote my first blogpost about a letter written by a Dutchman, which was written in English entirely. Meanwhile, I found another example of English written by a Dutch person, in a letter, dated 14 April 1758, where I did … Continue reading

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The Brontë sisters’ pseudonyms

Merel Kohsiek wrote her first blogpost on the Brontë sisters’ pseudonyms, and how Charlotte’s identity was revealed: Charlotte Brontë is now known mainly for her novel Jane Eyre, but her contemporaries did not know her as such. The novel was published under … Continue reading

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Clever letter writing tools: the Polygraph

Here is Martijn Slokker’s first blogpost: While doing research for my course paper I made the fortuitous decision of watching the 2008 HBO miniseries John Adams, a series that chronicles the political life of the second president of the United … Continue reading

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Politeness strategies in valedictions

Epistolary fomulas were clearly a popular topic during last semester’s course on Late Modern English letters. Here is what Klazien Tilstra wrote about themin her second blogpost: This is not the first blog post on opening and closing formulae in Late Modern … Continue reading

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