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.
- Whose collection is it?
- Where is ‘she’? Her curious absence/presence
- The ‘I’s and ‘we’s’ of letters
- A matrix: people, organisations and letters
- Where are they, whose are they?
- Scribbling: before and after the letter
- Is it or isn’t it? On orders, lists and letters
- A letter is a letter is…
- When is an author? On Mandela’s books
- Who writes a letter
- When is a letter?
- A copy…
- A pass and a letter, 18 June 1864
- A parallel form?
- The day of small things
- About time
- A place for everything and everything in its place?
- The difference a day makes
- On the other side: ‘the migrant letter’, its other and not/correspondence
- Where there’s a Will…
- The death of the letter?
Last updated: 4 August 2022