It’s Complicated: Grief Portrayal in Memoir

Shorrocks, Kelly (2022) It’s Complicated: Grief Portrayal in Memoir. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/9HS3VA97

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A great portion of the corpus of memoir examining grief and death present with similar literary problematics: circumventing the moment of death or pivotal scene(s) of death, avoiding complicated and difficult relationships between the grieved and the bereaved, and examining these traumas in relation to the misinterpreted Kübler-Ross five stages of grief and dying. These generalizations preclude deeper insight into the author’s experience within a societal context. This project highlights how the contemporary Western memoir is a powerful artform for examining the nuances of grief and death, especially if the writer utilises storytelling methods that counteract the aforementioned problematics. This project also explores methodology for such narratives to reject emblematic depictions of grief, such as structure, content, epistolary additions, and verb tense. As such, this project also examines the memoirist’s decisions related to which memories to include or exclude as this pertains to their definition of creative non-fiction, personal truth, and fact.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Memoir; Grief; Dying; Letters; Trauma; Structure; Kübler-Ross Method; Stages
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2024 13:36
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 09:15

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