B.A. (HKU), M.Phil (HKU), Ph. D. (The University of Warwick)
- The state of solitude in world literatures has always been associated with unusual human
circumstances such as confinement in prison, a voluntary religious experience, or explorers
charting new challenges in remote lands. The contemporary global capitalist world, however, with advanced information technology and the many gadgets made available to those who can afford them, is seen by many to have increasingly become a world where individuals are living in solitude among the electronic sound and fury. Our world is a world of rising number of single-person household in major cities, increasing ownership of mobile gadget for communication and entertainment, and ironically escalating number of people suffering from psychological and emotional conditions. If the state of solitude (in different scales) has become a norm in our world, how can we reconcile with this condition and adopt ourselves to this new world? The project learns from interdisciplinary literatures the nature of solitude, and the positive outcomes of these documented personal experiences from different cultures and times. Solitude is found to be a useful resource to help develop insights into practical methods for living in a world such as ours.