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"Writing a war of words: Andrew Clark and the language of WWI". Free online lecture, Tues 1 June


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Free online lecture by Lynda Mugglestone: Writing a war of words: Andrew Clark and the language of WWI

Tuesday 1 June
1–2pm BST

Join Lynda Mugglestone, Professor of the History of English (Oxford University) and co-curator of our current Art of Advertising exhibition (free to visit, running until August at Weston Library).

As WWI approached, Andrew Clark - historian, logophile, erstwhile curator of the Bodleian, and Rector of Great Leighs in Essex - was collecting material for a three volume set of notebooks on 'English Words'. By 1919, these were a small part of an extraordinary archive, carefully deposited in the Bodleian. As this lecture explores, language history for Clark did not derive from the creative uses of great writers. Instead, it centred on his attempt to gather up the ephemeral forms that characterized a nation at war. 



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