Women, Sex and Solitude in Marian Engel's 'Bear'

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Our Principal Investigator Barbara Taylor explores the mysteries and joys of erotic companionship between a lone woman and a bear, in this reading of Marian Engel's award-winning novel 'Bear'.

The Unexpected Solace of Lockdown

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During the UK's first period of lockdown, our project began to form an archive of written testimonies about how the pandemic has affected people's experiences of solitude. In the last of three blog posts, members of the public reflect on the positive elements they have found in their lockdown lives.

With or Without You: Solitude and Family Life

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During the UK's first period of lockdown, our project began to form an archive of written testimonies about how the pandemic has affected people's experiences of solitude. In the second of three blog posts, members of the public reflect on the possibilities and impossibilities of solitude in family life.

'Within Almost-Touching Distance': Solitude and Physical Isolation

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During the UK's first period of lockdown, our project began to form an archive of written testimonies about how the pandemic has affected people's experiences of solitude. In this first of three blog posts, members of the public reflect on physical isolation during and after lockdown.

Watching When One is Alone With Oneself: Solitude and the Dog

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Thomas Laqueur takes us on a journey through literature and art in our latest guest post to find the animals who guard against cosmic loneliness.

‘That Polar Privacy’: Emily Dickinson’s Locked Room

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Our recent project colloquium on the theme of voluntary solitude serves as a prompt for this post from psychoanalyst Josh Cohen, who muses on imagination and daydreaming in the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

'Curing solitude'? Retreats and the experience of solitude in community

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In the newest guest post on this blog, Jane Shaw muses on experiences - past and present - of community forming and being alone together as part of religious retreats.

Converging Histories: Loneliness, Disability and Facial Difference

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Fay Bound Alberti discusses facial difference, loneliness and the challenges raised by the pandemic in the latest post for our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19'.

Undocumented Solitudes

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This week our blog series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19' features conversations with two undocumented women living through the pandemic in the UK.

Pubs, Parks, Strangers and Strangeness

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The latest post in our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19' comes from our postdoctoral researcher Charlie Williams, who reflects on his own experiences of solitude and sociality during lockdown.