Elspeth Jajdelska


  • United Kingdom

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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 literary experience. To support this work I have completed an MSc in  Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition (2016, distinction).

Teaching Interests

I teach on the undergraduate BA degree in English literature. As well as core class teaching in first and second year, my upcoming and current options are 'Oral narratives and fairy tales', 'Theories of literature and wellbeing' and 'Literature, mind and brain'. 

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Projects 2007 2023

Research Output 2001 2019

6 Downloads (Pure)

Picture this: a review of research relating to narrative processing by moving image versus language

Jajdelska, E., Anderson, M., Butler, C., Fabb, N., Finnigan, E., Garwood, I., Kelly, S., Kirk, W., Kukkonen, K., Mullally, S. & Schwan, S., 26 Jun 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology . 10, 15 p., 1161.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Short-Term Memory
1 Citation (Scopus)

The flow of narrative in the mind unmoored: an account of narrative processing

Jajdelska, E., 19 May 2019, In : Philosophical Psychology. 32, 4, p. 560-583 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Activities 2008 2014

St Andrews High School, Kirkcaldy

Elspeth Jajdelska (Visiting lecturer)
11 Dec 2014

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

'Who was Johnson's common reader?'

Elspeth Jajdelska (Invited speaker)
19 Dec 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk