By Leni Marshall
Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to additional understandings of ways getting older and previous age are created.
In full of life, obtainable prose, this ebook expands the succeed in and intensity of age stories. A assessment of age stories tools in idea, literature, and perform leads readers to work out how their very own intersectional identities form their ideals approximately age, getting older, and previous age. This examine asks readers to interrogate the “texts” of menopause, self-help books on getting older, and foundational age stories works. as well as the research of those nonfiction texts, the poetry and prose of Doris Lessing, Lucille Clifton, and Louise Erdrich function cars for exploring how age family members paintings, together with how they invoke readers into kinships of reciprocal care as othermothers, otherdaughters, and otherelders. The literary chapters study how talented storytellers supply enactments, portrayals, and metaphorical makes use of of age to create transformative capability.
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Perhaps not surprisingly, the recommendations I found varied widely in quality. This discussion provides a generalized view of texts that veer off track, with just a few more detailed critiques. The analysis then focuses on positive models, the foundational texts written in the 1980s and 1990s that many age studies scholars have in common. T he chapter concludes by ex ploring how the changes of aging-into-old-age connect with the concept of ambiguous loss, a slightly more theoretical framework that has practical value in understanding the responses to and the texts about the changes of menopause and beyond.
Clifton’s and Erdrich’s connections to community can serve as the basis for a critique of the more individual parts of Lessing’s text; their standpoint as people of color contrasts with her racial and ethnic location. The results of both the analyses and the inquiries can generate personal change in critical readers’ beliefs about aging and old age, and thus expand the options in their personal lives, their teaching, and their scholarship. Feminist literary gerontology, suggests Woodward, may move people beyond the ability—simple but crucial—of merely naming their experiences and into a realm in which they are able to narrate their experiences of aging (Woodward, Statistical Panic 80, emphasis in the original).
Clearly, older women are compelled to engage in beauty work, irrespective of the futility of their efforts, or face social eradication” (Hurd Clarke 136). Eventually, the passage of time becomes inscribed on the aged self in ways that are not socially acceptable—wrinkles, liver spots, joint pain, farsightedness. These alterations are different from, say, the ones that come from working out in a gym (or not working out) because—Oil of Olay, Retina A, and sociodemographic differences notwithstanding—ultimately the body has no choice about whether to make the physical changes of age.
Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time by Leni Marshall