Love Hurts: Lovesickness as a Medical and Cultural Phenomenon | Newberry

Love Hurts: Lovesickness as a Medical and Cultural Phenomenon

Led by Annalese Duprey, PhD
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Four sessions. Thursdays, September 30-October 21.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Please note: classes that are currently scheduled to take place in the building may switch to virtual in accordance with public health and safety guidelines. Additionally, masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. We will email participants with any changes the week before seminars begin.

Seminar Description

In the ancient and medieval worlds, certain forms of love were diagnosed—and treated—as medical illnesses. To the medieval mind, love was suffering, a pathological state in and of itself. These ideas of disordered love have had an outsized impact on the way love is understood in western culture. In this seminar, we’ll examine how the idea of love-as-sickness gives us insight into cultural assumptions about this nearly universal experience and provides a springboard to examine the rise and fall of diseases as medical and cultural phenomena.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

Annalese Duprey holds a PhD in literature from Northwestern University. She studies lovesickness, compassion, and pain in medieval literature, while teaching humanities courses on narrative, empathy, pain, and difficult patients to medical student

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

  • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Folger Library, 2004) ISBN :978-0743482776.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.