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    Living with Dying in France: Contemporary French Writing about End-of-Life Care

    Larkin, Áine (2021) Living with Dying in France: Contemporary French Writing about End-of-Life Care. L'Esprit Créateur, 61 (1). pp. 68-80. ISSN 1931-0234

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    THE FRENCH NATIONAL HEALTHCARE system enjoys a reputation for excellence, both in terms of outcomes for patients and the accessibility of care. However, the 2016 overview of French health policy put out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development raises concerns about the appropriateness of some care in the French healthcare system, calling for better engagement of patients in the decision making process about treatment options.1 This article examines the representation of terminally ill patients’ experience of the French healthcare system in two recently published auto pathographical narratives.2 In Réparer le monde, Alexandre Gefen defends the idea that twenty-first-century French literary culture “a vu l’émergence d’une conception que je qualifierai de ‘thérapeutique’ de l’écriture et de la lecture, celle d’une littérature qui guérit, qui soigne, qui aide, ou, du moins, qui ‘fait du bien.’”3 Gefen’s point is valid for the two authors whose work will be explored here, and can also be applied fruitfully to French society more broadly and its medical system as it accompanies its citizens at the end of life. “Je suis vouée simplement à imaginer une écoute post mortem et me satisfaire d’avoir été un peu utile,” says Marie Deroubaix, pressing for legal reform to euthanasia laws in France through her book 6 mois à vivre: J’ai choisi de mourir dignement (2012).

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Larkin, A. 2021, "Living with Dying in France: Contemporary French Writing about End-of-Life Care", L'Esprit créateur, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 68-80.
    Keywords: Health services; End-of-life; France;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > French
    Item ID: 18045
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    Depositing User: Dr Áine Larkin
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2024 08:58
    Journal or Publication Title: L'Esprit Créateur
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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