Anna Elsner

Scholar in French Literature, Switzerland

Anna Magdalena Elsner is Assistant Professor of French Literature and Culture at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and an Associate Member of the Centre for Humanities and Health at King’s College London. She was previously a Swiss National Science Foundation research fellow at the University of Zurich. In 2016, she completed a Leverhulme Early Career fellowship at King’s College London; prior to that, she was the Joanna Randall McIver Junior Research Fellow at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University. After a BA in Philosophy and Modern Languages at Oxford University, a MPhil in European Literature and Culture at Cambridge University, she received her PhD from Cambridge University in 2011.

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A New Death: Palliative Care and the Cultures of Dying in France since 1975

The project explores palliative care – the paradigmatic end-of-life care modality in the West since the 1970s - and its related practices in French literature and visual culture; it aims to excavate a new cultural history of dying in contemporary France. By drawing on end-of-life writing, documentaries, and photography engaging with palliative care, the project opens up new avenues for understanding the reciprocal interaction among culture, history, and medicine’s relationship with death in France since 1975.

Photo © Jean-Louis Courtinat