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Stephanie Limb

Research Student,


Research Summary

Current Status

Currently registered PhD (full-time)

Research Topic

The Monstrous Mother

Research Summary

​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 Interests


The lyric essay


Post-natal depression

Research Supervisor/s

Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts,

Lila Matsumoto

Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Faculty of Arts,

Bridget Vincent

Primary Funding Source

AHRC Midlands4Cities studentship

Publications (Creative)

Stephanie Limb, My Coleridge (Broken Sleep Books, 2020).

'Pearl' in Ink, Sweat and Tears

'On Fabrication and Viscosity' in Marble, 5 Summer 2019.

'Humancules' in The Moth, Issue 38 Autumn 2019.

'The Nightingale and the Swallow' in Litro

'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

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