This conference will bring new international perspectives to a neglected area of research by examining the lives of single women during the last millennium. Speakers will focus on different categories of female singleness including spinsters, lone mothers, widows and divorcees and discuss single women's involvement in areas such as health and welfare, politics, work, religion, culture, family, friendships, partnerships and networks. Papers that offer new conceptual or theoretical approaches to singleness or compare the experience of single women and single men are also included.
Amy Froide, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, The Spinster and the Old Maid: Representations of Never-Married Women in Early Modern England;
Katherine Holden, University of the West of England, The shadow of marriage: defining the single in twentieth century Britain.
University of the West of England, Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science St Matthias Campus, Oldbury Court Road, Fishponds, Bristol BS162JP
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