Niamh Gordon

Research title: Traumatic grief as a disruptive narrative device

Research Summary

I am a PhD student on the DFA Creative Writing programme. My project is a creative-critical interrogation of the relationship between narrative, time, and trauma, focusing on grief.

In traumatic grief, time is often disrupted, and our attempts to recount the moment—to construct a “coherent” narrative—become confused. Through my creative work I will create new ways of representing this disruptive temporal aspect of grief, and develop a theoretical approach for understanding its potential effect on narrative structure and time. My critical work will examine how grief functions as a disruptive narrative device in the writings of Ali Smith.


SGSAH AHRC DTP Scholarship 2020-2024