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29th March 2022 by

CLiC Blog News

Today we have a big announcement to make. After five years as editor of the CLiC blog, Dr Viola Wiegand is handing over the reins to Dr Rosalind White. So this blog post is to say thank you, Viola, for all your brilliant work over the years. You made a massive contribution to introducing people to CLiC and building a great community. And welcome, Rosie, we are looking forward to working with you and I hope you will enjoy the new role with all its challenges and adventures.

A Selection of novels available on CLiC (Public Domain, by Suzy Harwood )

Editorial work is a big job with much of it behind the scenes. The CLiC blog is not just about publishing posts, it is also about a community interested in fiction, language and literature, teaching and research. It provides a platform for sharing insights, expertise, great examples and exiciting experiences. So we thought today we share how Viola and Rosie both came to CLiC fiction…

 Setting up the blog and trying out different ways of sharing ideas and collaborating on this platform has been a lot of fun and a valuable experience. Coming to the CLiC project as a linguist, my perspective initially focused on the research methods for searching the CLiC corpora. Working with many contributors on their fantastic guest posts was then a great way to learn about the cultural / historical side of the project, especially in the blog series we created together with the Birmingham & Midland Institute. Some of these cultural highlights for me personally were to do with performing Dickens’s works, such as Simon Vaughan’s reading of the Sikes and Nancy scene in Oliver Twist at our CLiC Dickens Day event and Caroline Radcliffe’s discussion of that scene, as well Gerald Dickens’s mini-series about bringing his great great grandfather’s works “to the stage”. Another strand of the blog that was really exciting were the teaching case studies and lesson plan ideas – I learned a lot from working with teachers and colleagues who wrote these posts for the blog. Finally, I also enjoyed working with academic colleagues on presenting corpus findings to different audiences via this blog. I am now busy teaching in the department and co-authoring a book on corpus linguistics with Michaela, but am very much looking forward to new exciting content on this blog under Rosie’s editorship!  – Dr Viola Wiegand (@violawiegand on Twitter)

 I am very excited to be taking on the role of editor for the CLiC blog. The Victorian novel, bursting at the spine with new-fangled utensils, cursed heirlooms, unsavoury curiosities, and priceless knick-knacks, is infamously crammed with detailed particulars. As a Victorianist with a penchant for particularity, and an interest in both material culture and the history of emotions, I was immediately drawn to corpus linguistics and intrigued by the potential of what such tools could offer nineteenth-century scholarship. In the coming months, I’m looking forward to introducing many more victorianists to this fertile field! If you are a historian or literary scholar interested in delving into the CLiC corpora, need any guidance navigating the CLiC app, or are interested in submitting an article to us, you can find me on Twitter @DrRosalindWhite and @CLiC_Fiction

Author: Rosalind White

Rosie White is a Research Fellow in Corpus Linguistics at the Centre for Corpus Research and editor of the CLiC Fiction Blog. She is a Victorianist interested in questions of materiality, and the growing field of research on the history of emotions. Her doctoral thesis interpolated between the history of science and the history of emotions, two interdependent fields that mutually orbit around the same question: what stories emerge from the past when we cease mining it for teleological argument? She co-wrote Pre-Raphaelites in the Spirit World: The Séance Diary of William Michael Rossetti (2022) and is also RA on the ‘Finding Middlemarch' project at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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