University of Glasgow program

Cultural Representations of Death and Dying

Examine how death and dying have been represented in popular culture visual arts, and literary genres over the last half century.

This program is part of the MSc End of Life Studies degree offered by The University of Glasgow

Cultural Representations of Death and Dying

This course examines how death and dying have been represented in popular culture (e.g. film, TV, mainstream fiction), visual arts (e.g. fine art, photography) and literary genres (e.g. creative non-fiction) over the last half century. Students will be introduced to methods of visual and literary analysis and learn to identify specific cultural tropes used to represent the end of life. There will be in-depth case studies from different artistic genres and different countries, examining the maker’s motivation, the specific form chosen, and the reception. Students will be able to choose a specific artistic genre to examine in more depth and will have the opportunity to create a piece of work in that genre for assessment.


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