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.
I am a member of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group and the Glasgow Medical Humanities Network
End of life decision-making
The form and use of memoir
Narratives of dying and death
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.