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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.

Funded by:  AHRC, SGSAH

Start date:  2020

End date:  2024


Keywords: Creative WritingGriefMental HealthNarrative StudiesPostvention

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