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Stephanie Limb

Languages and Literature, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

The Monstrous Mother

My project questions and explores Western culture’s philosophical, psychoanalytical and literary depictions of motherhood. It is a blended creative-critical research project consisting of a hybrid mixture of poetry, literary criticism, dialogue, and biography. My writing is not restricted to conventional academic prose, allowing form to play an active part in the development of content. 

My work plays in the border between the lyric and the essay, exploring the physical and psychological changes produced by childbearing and childrearing. ‘Demonstrate’ and ‘monster’ derive from the same Latin root and throughout the project I aim to demonstrate rather than explain. Not only exploring the ambivalence of motherhood, this project is a reclamation of monstrosity.

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


My Coleridge – a collection of lyric essays and poems about Sara Coleridge and motherhood – (Broken Sleep, 2020).

'Pearl' in Ink, Sweat and Tears http://www.inksweatandtears.co.uk/pages/?p=19654
'On Fabrication and Viscosity' in Marble, 5 Summer 2019.
'Humancules' in The Moth, Issue 38 Autumn 2019. 
The Nightingale and the Swallow in Litro https://www.litro.co.uk/2019/08/the-nightingale-and-the-swallow/
'Athena' and 'Quickening' in Stand, 225 volume 18.1 March-May 2020. 
'Newton-on-Sea' in Structo (20).
'Vulpes vulpes' and 'Parental Singularity' in Brittle Star.