Dr Matthew Colbeck

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School of English, The University of Sheffield
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Dr Matthew Colbeck is an Honorary Research Fellow within the School of English at the University of Sheffield. He gained his PhD from the University in 2014, his research focusing upon the representation of coma and brain injury in literature. He has a particular interest in the ethical issues of writing about cognitive impairment and disability, focusing upon the sociological impact of misrepresentations of coma.

As part of his research, Matthew has established a writing group, The Write Way, in which all participants have experienced coma or brain injury or both. The group published their first collection of writings, Head-Lines, in October 2011, launched at Sheffield’s festival of reading and literature, Off The Shelf. The second collection was launched in 2014 at the University’s In The City festival.

In Oct 2013, his article ‘There is the trouble, there is the toil: Katabasis and the Underworld Topography of Coma’ was published by Harts and Minds, The University of Bristol.

His most recent article ”Is she alive? Is she dead?’ Representations of chronic disorders of consciousness in Douglas Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma’ was published 17 March 2016 in: BMJ’s Medical Humanities.