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Venture into the Past with #CLiCCreative: A New Frontier in Historical Fiction Writing

In our latest #CLiCCreative video, we invite you to embark on a journey through time as we unveil the wonders of the CLiC Web App. This powerful tool harnesses the latest in computer-assisted analysis to delve into historical texts, uncovering patterns, frequencies, and structures that will breathe life into your stories. Are you an aspiring … Continue reading “Venture into the Past with #CLiCCreative: A New Frontier in Historical Fiction Writing”

15 March 2024 by
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#CLiCCreative Lessons from Paterson Joseph on the Writing of History as Performance

What can historical fiction do for today’s society? The award-winning actor Paterson Joseph’s The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho tells the story of Charles Ignatius Sancho writer, composer, respected ‘man of letters’ and the first known Black person to have voted in a British election. As Paterson writes in the opening pages of his … Continue reading “#CLiCCreative Lessons from Paterson Joseph on the Writing of History as Performance”

25 January 2024 by
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Nightwalking by Magic Lantern, Finding Your Inner Flaneur with Charles Dickens

Sauntering through London’s nocturnal neighbourhoods fuelled Charles Dickens’ imagination and provided him with ample material to people his fictional worlds. What can we learn from his immersive exploration of real-world urban landscapes? In the following activities we’ll take a step back in time using the CLiC Web App to journey through Victorian London via Dicken’s oeuvre. … Continue reading “Nightwalking by Magic Lantern, Finding Your Inner Flaneur with Charles Dickens”

24 November 2023 by
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#CLiCCreative Digital Research Resources for Writers of Neo-Victorian Historical Fiction

The research stage of novel writing can be time-consuming and challenging, but is essential if you want to write a believable and immersive historical story. This stage of the writing process doesn’t have to be daunting! Take a break from conventional fact-finding methods, and take a look at these digital resources that can help you … Continue reading “#CLiCCreative Digital Research Resources for Writers of Neo-Victorian Historical Fiction”

28 July 2023 by
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How can CLiC be used to teach English? Polysemy in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

In this post, students of the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) MA at the University of Birmingham blog about the CLiC Web App as a language learning resource. This post originated from a task set by Dr Viola Wiegand for ‘Corpus-Assisted Language Learning’, a TESOL module that encourages students to engage with the philosophy of data-driven learning. Many thanks to Weiqing Chu, Luyi Wang, Miaoting Wu and Xinzu Li for their fantastic contribution.

27 July 2022 by
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‘To Be Read at Dusk’: Ghost Hunting in the CLiC Corpora

Anya Eastman is a second-year Technê PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Anya’s work explores the memorialisation of Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Oscar Wilde, with an emphasis on heritage and material culture. In addition to her doctoral research Anya is the co-director of Royal Holloway’s Centre for Victorian Studies and she has been on placement at the Charles Dickens Museum, working as a research assistant on the upcoming exhibition ‘To be Read at Dusk: Dickens, Ghosts and the Supernatural’. In this post, Anya explores Dickens’s ghosts using the CLiC corpora and discusses her findings alongside plans for the museum’s exhibition.

20 July 2022 by