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Rebecca McNamara

Rebecca F. McNamara is Assistant Professor English at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, and an Honorary Research Fellow with CHE at The University of Western Australia.  She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate (2011–2014) at The University of Sydney for the CHE project, 'The Dying of the Light: Emotional Responses to Impending Death in the Medieval and Early Modern World'. With Chief Investigator Juanita Ruys, she explored emotions related to the suicidal impulse in the medieval world. Her own research for this project focused on emotions related to cases of suicide or attempted suicide found in chronicles and legal records from c.1200–1550. In addition to the emotions of the self-murdered, she is interested in the affective nature of the judiciary's response to suicide cases and the emotional significance of those reporting on or petitioning on behalf of suicide victims.

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Emotions and the Suicidal Impulse in the Medieval World