Aging and Identity : A Humanities Perspective

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Aging and Identity : A Humanities Perspective

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 256 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780275964795
  • DDC分類 305.26

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Viewing artistic works through the lens of both contemporary gerontological theory and postmodernist concepts, the contributing scholars examine literary treatments, cinematic depictions, and artistic portraits of aging from Shakespeare to Hemingway, from Horton Foote to Disney, from Rembrandt to Alice Neale, while also comparing the attitudes toward aging in Native American, African American, and Anglo American literature. The examples demonstrate that long before gerontologists endorsed a Janus-faced model of aging, artists were celebrating the diversity of the elderly, challenging the bio-medical equation of senescence with inevitable senility. Underlying all of this discussion is the firm conviction that cultural texts construct as well as encode the conventional perceptions of their society; that literature, the arts, and the media not only mirror society's mores but can also help to create and enforce them.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    xi
Introduction 1 (22)
Sara Munson Deats
Lagretta Tallent Lenker
PART I THE AGING MALE IN LITERATURE
The Dialectic of Aging in Shakespeare's 23 (10)
King Lear and The Tempest
Sara Munson Deats
Shakespeare Teaching Geriatrics: Lear and 33 (14)
Prospero as Case Studies in Aged
Heterogeneity
Kirk Combe
Kenneth Schmader
Why? versus Why Not?: Potentialities of 47 (14)
Aging in Shaw's Back to Methuselah
Lagretta Tallent Lenker
Hemingway's Aging Heroes and the Concept of 61 (16)
Phronesis
Phillip Sipiora
Bertrand Russell in His Nineties: Aging and 77 (12)
the Problem of Biography
William T. Ross
PART II THE AGING FEMALE IN LITERATURE
Work, Contentment, and Identity in Aging 89 (14)
Women in Literature
Rosalie Murphy Baum
Old Maids and Old Mansions: The Barren 103(12)
Sisters of Hawthorne, Dickens, and Faulkner
Maryhelen C. Harmon
The Aging Artist: The Sad but Instructive 115(14)
Case of Virginia Woolf
Joanne Trautmann Banks
PART III AGING IN THE COMMUNITY
The Sacred Ghost: The Role of the Elder(ly) 129(10)
in Native American Literature
David Erben
Aging and the African-American Community: 139(10)
The Case of Ernest J. Gaines
Charles J. Heglar
Annye L. Refoe
Aging and the Continental Community: Good 149(12)
Counsel in the Writings of Two Mature
European Princesses, Marguerite de Navarre
and Madame Palatine
Christine McCall Probes
Aging and Academe: Caricature or Character 161(8)
Helen Popovich
Deborah Noonan
Aging and the Public Schools: Visits of 169(14)
Charity---The Young Look at the Old
Ralph M. Cline
PART IV AGING IN THE FINE AND POPULAR ARTS
Aging and Contemporary Art 183(8)
Linnea S. Dietrich
The Return Home: Affirmations and 191(10)
Transformations of Identity in Horton
Foote's The Trip to Bountiful
Carol J. Jablonski
Animated Gerontophobia: Ageism, Sexism, and 201(12)
the Disney Villainess
Merry G. Perry
81/2 and Me: The Thirty-Two-Year Difference 213(16)
Norman N. Holland
Notes 229(2)
Bibliography 231(16)
Index 247(8)
About the Editors and Contributors 255