Love, Desire and Melancholy: Inspired by Constance Maynard

ImageJust wanted to promote an event that I’m involved with, taking place on 6th November 2012 at Queen Mary’s Mile End campus. The Centre for the History of the Emotions and Queen Mary, University of London Archives are hosting a symposium exploring love, desire, melancholy and religion in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These themes are inspired by the personal experiences described in the autobiographical writings of Constance Maynard (1849-1935), which were recently digitised by Queen Mary Archives.

Constance Maynard was a pioneer in higher education for women. She was also a prolific writer, whose personal writings cover over 40 years of her life and touch on topics such as her role in Westfield College, her devout Christian faith, her close friendships with other women and her attempts to understand her emotions.

Keynotes are being given by Seth Koven and Pauline Phipps – who is in the process of writing a biography of Maynard. Other speakers include Laura Doan, Sue Morgan, Carol Mavor and Helena Whitbread.

Places can be booked at:


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