Attachment and God in Medieval England

Focusing on the Figure

In: Attachment and God in Medieval England
Juliana Dresvina History Faculty, University of Oxford UK

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This study applies attachment theory to examples of self-narratives (letters and proto-autobiographies) from medieval England, written in broad religious contexts. It examines whether God could appear as adequate attachment figure in times of high mortality and often inadequate childrearing practices, and whether the emphasis on God’s proximity benefited psychological reorganisation. The main method of enquiry is discourse analysis based on the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) coding.

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