Acacia House (novel): Caring texts: ethics, literature, and care for the dying (dissertation)

Vivien Stuart

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Novel: 'Acacia House' depicts caring relationships during the terminal phase of life. While confronting important ethical, social, political and economic issues that have an impact on end-of-life care, it demonstrates how quality care may transform the dying experience. Revealing both the force and frailty of the compassionate hospice ethos, it ultimately questions whether an institutional hospice is an appropriate place to die.

Dissertation: The dissertation investigates a range of thanatographical, fictional, poetic, and cinematic texts which explore events and relationships at the end of life. The critical framework inherent in the recently formulated 'ethics of care' informs the discussion of each text.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Walker, Brenda, Supervisor
  • Haskell, Dennis, Supervisor
Award date24 Mar 2014
Publication statusUnpublished - 2012

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 07/05/2014 to 07/05/2021. Made publicly available on 07/05/2021.


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