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'.

Self Isolation as Imprisonment?

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In the 1980s, Shokoufeh Sakhi spent eight years in an Iranian prison, two of them in solitary confinement. Here, she reflects on current experiences of isolation and connection, as part of our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19'.

A Torment Not Threatened in Hell Itself

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Barbara Taylor, our Principal Investigator, contributes the next post to our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19', musing on the dangers of solitude throughout history.

Pandemic and the Horrors of Solitude

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In the third guest post for our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19', Rebecca Barr explores issues from the current pandemic through the lens of Mary Shelley's novel, 'The Last Man'.

Philosophical Solitude: Hume VS Rousseau

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Our Principal Investigator Barbara Taylor approaches solitude via a study of opposites in the intellectual life of eighteenth-century Europe.

A World of Colour in the Belly of the Beast

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Research network member Lisa Guenther discusses the experiences of Donny Johnson, who survived solitary confinement in a supermax prison for over 20 years by immersing himself in art and writing.

Solitude and Sensory Deprivation (and Johnny Cash)

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A surprise discovery in the Senate House Library leads our postdoctoral researcher Charlie Williams to think about country music, graphic design and the scientific study of solitude.

The Art of Solitude

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In this blog Barbara Taylor, our project’s Principal Investigator, discusses the meanings of ‘solitude’ in some early modern texts.