Author Archives: Ingrid Tieken

Late Modern English letters in the classroom

Last Friday, I taught a class of 11-year olds about Jane Austen and her letters. What an amazing experience it was. The occasion was the University of Leiden’s 444th birthday, for which a programme called “Meet the professor” was set … Continue reading

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An MA course on Late Modern English letters

The coming semester, I will be teaching another MA course on Late Modern English letters. The aim of the course is for students at Leiden to learn all about letter writing during that period, including analysing the language of this … Continue reading

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The next Late Modern English Conference

… will take place in Ragusa, Sicily, from 7-9 May 2020, organised by Massimo Sturiale. Great news for all of us who are doing research on Late Modern English letters. This will be the seventh conference in a row. Earlier … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Language …

… is the topic of this year’s Sample Lecture for English organised by the Leiden University Humanities Faculty on 15 April 2016. During this lecture you will learn why Jane Austen’s language (in addition to her novels) is of interest … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Jane Austen!

Yesterday, if she had lived that long, Jane Austen would have turned 240. Imagine all the novels she would have been able to write! Not to mention letters … Birthdays, it appeared, were important events in her life, as an … Continue reading

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The Mary Hamilton Papers available online

Letters carefully transliterated from the Mary Hamilton Papers in the John Rylands Library are freely available to any interested reader. The corpus currently stands at 161 letters dated 1764-1819 – over 70,000 words of text. The Image to Text project … Continue reading

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A treasure trove indeed

Not Late Modern and not English either – still, a real find, this treasure trove of undelivered Dutch letters from the 17th sentury, 2600 of them. From what I heard on the radio yesterday, the letters will remained unopened. They … Continue reading

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