‘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.

COVID-19 and Captivity

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Gabriel Lawson writes about prisoners-of-war dealing with isolation and its absence in the next post for our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19'.

Fence Me In

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The novelist and professor of creative writing Patrick Flanery muses on isolation, pandemics and William Maxwell for the latest post in our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19'.

Feline Reflections on Lockdown

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The newest post in our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19' comes from our official project cat Benji Franklin, who offers some meditations on solitude and lockdown from a feline perspective.

Further Thoughts on Cosmic Emptiness

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Nick Jones offers some escapism with a video essay on science fiction solitude for our blog series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19'.

Domestic Solitude in Early Modern Britain

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We look to the past for the latest post in our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19', with Naomi Pullin offering some insights into how people remained sociable when physical distant from one another.