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Research Focus

Bringing together the fields of literary studies, medical humanities, death studies and bereavement studies, my PhD project examines the role of literature, and particularly the act of writing, in providing an insight, from maternal and paternal perspectives, into the traditionally unspoken experience that is the loss of a child. Focusing on the récit de deuil as an increasingly important genre in contemporary France, my thesis examines how literature generates knowledge of bereavement and loss, how writing impacts upon the healing process, and what all of this tells us about ongoing cultural shifts in French literary production.

Research Interests

Contemporary French Literature

Critical Medical Humanities

Cultures of Palliative Care

Death and Bereavement Studies


In 2018, Jordan received a BA, with first class honours in French and Spanish, from Queen's University Belfast. He then completed an MRes in French Studies, with a literary dissertation examining the role of religion and spirituality at the end of life, as presented in works of autobiography and autofiction. The dissertation addressed both palliative care settings and the impact of death and dying upon families. He was awarded his MRes, with distinction, in December 2019.

Jordan is currently in the first year of his PhD study. His doctoral research, funded by the AHRC, through the Northern Bridge Consortium DTP, examines the role of writing in the grieving and healing processes of those who have lost children through terminal illness or sudden, unanticipated death (suicide, road traffic accidents, terrorist attacks). The project involves an ongoing collaboration with ERRSPP in Brittany.

External positions

Postgraduate Representative, Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d’Irlande

19 Oct 2019 → …

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Research Output

  • 1 Meeting abstract
  • 1 Article
  • News from Societies: L’Imaginaire médico-religieux: French Literary Perspectives

    McCullough, J., 14 May 2019, In : French Studies Bulletin. 40, 151, p. 36-41 (p. 36)

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

  • Prizes

    Brian Darling Memorial Prize

    McCullough, Jordan (Recipient), 19 Sep 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Henry Hutchinson-Stewart Scholarship

    McCullough, Jordan (Recipient), 08 Aug 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    ADEFFI Spring Forum

    Jordan McCullough (Participant)

    06 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Interdisciplinary Critical Medical Humanities and its Applications

    Jordan McCullough (Participant)

    02 Apr 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Modern Languages Outreach and Engagement (MLOE) Project

    Jordan McCullough (Advisor)

    05 May 202004 Apr 2021

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Patient/Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) Visit - ERRSPP Bretagne

    Jordan McCullough (Visitor)

    24 Feb 202026 Feb 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Journée des doctorants de l'ADEFFI 2020

    Jordan McCullough (Organiser)

    18 Apr 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference