Jajdelska Elspeth Dr

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Dr Elspeth Jajdelska



Tel : +44 (0)141 548 3517


Personal Statement

I studied English language and literature at Glasgow University and completed a PhD on seventeenth-century diaries at Leeds University in 1996. Then I worked as a fund manager for an Edinburgh firm for three years, before spending a year and a half at the Jagiellonian and Pedagogical Universities in Krakow, Poland. I came to Strathclyde in 2001. 

Research Interests

I have completed two books on the history of reading in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In both I aim to reconnect the history of reading with the history of speech. I also research how cognitive science can help us to understand literature. To support this work I am doing a part time MSc in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition.


  • Trainee Teachers’ Perceptions of Poetry and their attitudes to Poetry Teaching

    Soltysek, Raymond (Academic) Smith, Vivienne (Academic) Jajdelska, Elspeth (Academic)

    Period 31-Oct-2014 - 30-Jun-2015
  • Group for Renaissance Research Reading

    Fudge, Erica (Academic) Hope, Jonathan (Academic) Jajdelska, Elspeth (Academic) Thorne, Alison (Academic) Hogarth, Alan (Post Grad Student) Clark, Douglas Iain (Post Grad Student) Veerapen, Steven Alexander (Post Grad Student) Froehlich, Heather Gayle (Post Grad Student)

    Period 10-Jan-2011
  • CW and SLA - Creative writing as a tool in second language acquisition (FP7 MC IRSES)

    Jajdelska, Elspeth (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Jan-2009 - 31-Dec-2011
  • Helping young readers with comprehension problems

    Jajdelska, Elspeth (Principal Investigator) Ellis, Susan (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-May-2007 - 24-Mar-2009

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