Julie Lang

email: j.lang.2@research.gla.ac.uk

University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus

Rutherford/McCowan Building, Bankend Road, Dumfries

DG1 4ZL, Scotland


Research title: Representing death: how writers depict dying, death, choice and suicide.

Research Summary


I am a member of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group and the Glasgow Medical Humanities Network

Research Interests

  • End of life decision-making

  • The form and use of memoir

  • Narratives of dying and death

  • Medical humanities

  • Creative writing


I will examine how contemporary writers address issues of dying, death, physician-assisted dying, and suicide. I will investigate non-fiction and imaginative literature, with a focus on memoir and epistolary writing.

In addition, as the creative writing component of my work, I will use critical literary techniques to critique a piece of personal writing that chronicles the circumstances that led to a chosen death.

I hope that this work will lead to a better understanding of the reasons why some individuals, in certain situations, prefer to have the choice about how and when their lives should end. I also hope that it will raise awareness of the need for more open discussion about end-of-life decision-making.