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dc.contributor.authorMcColgan, Gillianen_UK
dc.contributor.authorValentine, Jamesen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDowns, Murnaen_UK
dc.description.abstractObituaries and other accounts of well-known people at their death offer a narrative defining identity through the life story. It is particularly poignant when the story is told of an author, and draws upon not only life course metaphors but also features of the author's fiction. In this paper we look at a case where the dementia of a famous author figures in the tributes at her death. The predominant narrative of dementia has until recently been that of a tragic loss of self. This has reinforced an image of social death. Biomedical determinism has similarly focused on the disease, rather than seeing the person and allowing their voice to be heard. While Iris Murdoch may not have wanted tributes to tell her story, they have allowed us to examine conventional narratives of a person with dementia. We chart the ‘career’ of a person with dementia, and their perceived transformation of identity, defined in terms of being demented rather than with dementia. Bad and good are attributed to aspects of Iris Murdoch's life through a repertoire of available stereotypes. These appear to involve the retrospective application of characteristics of dementia, along with those of goodness and purity. Common gender representations relating to Iris Murdoch's married life and the caring situation are interwoven in the accounts. We are told a story that reflects and reproduces conventional narratives of the life course and of dementia, characterising the deceased in terms of a moral career.en_UK
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_UK
dc.relationMcColgan G, Valentine J & Downs M (2000) Concluding narratives of a career with dementia: accounts of Iris Murdoch at her death, Ageing and Society, 20, pp. 97-109.
dc.rightsPublished in Ageing and society. Copyright : Cambridge University Press.en_UK
dc.subjectDementia Study and teachingen_UK
dc.subjectMurdoch, Irisen_UK
dc.titleConcluding narratives of a career with dementia: accounts of Iris Murdoch at her deathen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleAgeing and societyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationApplied Social Scienceen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
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