Medieval Literatures Seminar
Hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English and Related Literature
Lucy's research focuses on pregnancy loss in late medieval English literature and culture. This subject is often dealt with piecemeal: a footnote in a history of pregnancy; a sad anecdote in a discussion of motherhood. Yet, for many medieval (and modern) women, pregnancy loss is not a brief interruption in a journey to motherhood. In her talk, Lucy will argue that medieval responses to pregnancy loss are remarkably rich, compassionate and engaging. Her analyses of medieval representations of pregnancy loss allow her to re-think familiar ideas about medieval England, and to offer potential therapeutic models for contemporary pregnancy loss treatment.
This seminar will not be recorded and there will be no online Q&A following the seminar.
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