By Leni Marshall
Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to additional understandings of ways getting older and previous age are created.
In vigorous, obtainable prose, this e-book expands the achieve and intensity of age reports. A evaluation of age reports tools in conception, literature, and perform leads readers to work out how their very own intersectional identities form their ideals approximately age, getting older, and outdated age. This examine asks readers to interrogate the “texts” of menopause, self-help books on getting older, and foundational age reviews works. as well as the examine of those nonfiction texts, the poetry and prose of Doris Lessing, Lucille Clifton, and Louise Erdrich function automobiles for exploring how age family paintings, together with how they invoke readers into kinships of reciprocal care as othermothers, otherdaughters, and otherelders. The literary chapters learn how proficient storytellers offer enactments, portrayals, and metaphorical makes use of of age to create transformative capability.
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Extra resources for Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time
That is, identity cannot be anything other than imaginary. Lacan’s and J. Butler’s (Bodies and Gender) concepts include reminders that this illusion is necessary and integral to social functioning. The aged social self works at the boundaries of the social, so it also can change the functional social boundaries. “If I am affected by what does not yet appear to me as a thing, it is because laws, connections, and even structures of meaning govern and condition me” (Kristeva 10). By its very existence outside the boundaries of society, the abject delineates the boundaries of acceptability, and thus, of visibility.
In all stages of life, people encounter a great range of experiences of aging and old age, which makes selecting a particularly representative text or author quite challenging—a challenge that this book does not aim to meet. Rather, this book considers works that depict aging and old age as a theme or trope; it uses age studies criticism to explore how the texts’ and the authors’ standpoints on those topics suggest points of adherence and resistance to normative conceptions of aging and old age; and it demonstrates a range of concepts for which age studies explorations are relevant.
The question then becomes how this social constitution works with aged bodies. “From this perspective, physical decline is not merely a threat to personal autonomy; it represents moral failure” (Jablonski 192). Woodward posits that, because aging seems to occur primarily on the body, it has a greater effect on women than on men (Aging 169). For each aged body, the quantity of culturally inscribed messages overdetermines the body, as does the requirement to “choose” to incorporate those messages to become a socially acceptable self.
Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time by Leni Marshall