Curiosities analysed

The Curiosities present analyses of letters and related writings which show the complicated, porous boundaries that can exist between letters and interrelated genres. ‘Letterness’ is not self-evident, even though there are definitions of ‘the letter‘ which imply it is. This is challenged by these examples. They are all traces of the past, and they raise challenging questions about letters and their boundaries. Consequently the companion to the Curiosities is the Traces section of the WWW website, which analyses a very large range of letters and related documents regarding their content and their context of writing and response.

Last updated: 4 August  2022