Download PDF by Leni Marshall: Age Becomes Us: Constructions of Bodies and Gender (SUNY

By Leni Marshall

ISBN-10: 1438456980

ISBN-13: 9781438456980

Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to additional understandings of the way getting older and previous age are created.

In vigorous, available prose, this ebook expands the succeed in and intensity of age reports. A evaluation of age reviews equipment in conception, literature, and perform leads readers to determine how their very own intersectional identities form their ideals approximately age, getting older, and previous age. This learn 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 autos 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 learn how talented storytellers supply enactments, portrayals, and metaphorical makes use of of age to create transformative power.

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In doing so, they further expand the boundaries of what can be said and what can be done. Similarly, demonstrating that one’s age is affected by biology, culturally produced, dependent on context, and open to deconstruction and reconstruction, the contents of this book explore how the differences of age inf luence people in a wide range of ages. This information explicitly, intentionally blurs the boundaries between the youth cult(ure) and the Other of old age, suggesting that most individuals can benefit from additional information about the cultural aspects of age: the temporarily young, who can benefit from seeing the pressures of age-based social erasure; the middle-aged, to expose how active dissociation supports the Otherness of old age and to show the cost of that distancing; and the old, to help decrease internalized ageism.

Constructing the Body of Age Studies 21 Chapters 4 through 6 demonstrate how works of poetry and fiction, as well as analyses of those works, can effectively counter subtle and not-so-subtle ageism. In these texts, readers find productive literary considerations of aging and old age; engaging those ideas in teaching, research, and other work can expand the reach and depth of those activities as well as of age studies. Given the role of cultural production in the experience of aging, texts from a variety of minority and majority American cultures can more broadly explore what social and analytically based resistances to negativity about aging can look like.

How terrifying. How interesting! And how true. When asked to describe what old people are like and what they themselves will be like in old age, most young people use largely negative adjectives to describe what elders in general are like, generally positive adjectives to portray the elders they know, and even more optimistic words to depict the elder selves they envision becoming. That is, in comparison with what they think is the usual experience of old age, each of the youths believes that she or he will have a more positive experience (Lamb “Polyester”).

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