Traumatic Grief as a Disruptive Device
This AHRC-funded project is an interdisciplinary 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. This project aims to 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. It looks specifically at bereavement by suicide and the ethical and philosophical problems suicide poses to fiction writing, and engages with narratology, trauma theory, and the writings of Ali Smith.
Start date: 2020
End date: 2024
- University of Glasgow: College of Arts, School of Critical Studies
- University of Glasgow: Institute of Health and Wellbeing