Aging and Identity: A Humanities Perspective (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

The Dialectic of Aging in Shakespeares King Lear and The Tempest
23
Shakespeare Teaching Geriatrics Lear and Prospero as Case Studies in Aged Heterogeneity
33
Why? versus Why Not? Potentialities of Aging in Shaws Back to Methuselah
47
Hemingways Aging Heroes and the Concept of Phronesis
61
Bertrand Russell in His Nineties Aging and the Problem of Biography
77
THE AGING FEMALE IN LITERATURE
87
Work Contentment and Identity in Aging Women in Literature
89
Old Maids and Old Mansions The Barren Sisters of Hawthorne Dickens and Faulkner
103
Aging and Academe Caricature or Character
161
Aging and the Public Schools Visits of Charity The Young Look at the Old
169
AGING IN THE FINE AND POPULAR ARTS
181
Aging and Contemporary Art
183
The Return Home Affirmations and Transformations of Identity in Horton Footes The Trip to Bountiful
191
Animated Gerontophobia Ageism Sexism and the Disney Villainess
201
8 12 and Me The ThirtyTwoYear Difference
213
Notes
229

The Aging Artist The Sad but Instructive Case of Virginia Woolf
115
AGING IN THE COMMUNITY
127
The Sacred Ghost The Role of the Elderly in Native American Literature
129
Aging and the AfricanAmerican Community The Case of Ernest J Gaines
139
Aging and the Continental Community Good Counsel in the Writings of Two Mature European Princesses Marguerite de Navarre and Madame Palati...
149
Bibliography
231
Index
247
About the Editors and Contributors
255
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Page 28 - Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these ? O, I have ta'en Too little care of this ! Take physic, pomp ; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just.

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Sara Munson Deats is Distinguished University Professor of English and Co-Director of the Center of Applied Humanities at The University of South Florida, USA. She has published widely on Marlowe and Shakespeare, has served as President of the Marlowe Society of America, and in 1998 received the international Roma Gill Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Marlowe Scholarship.

LAGRETTA TALLENT LENKER is Director of the Division of Lifelong Learning, Director of the Graduate Certificates Program, Co-Director of the Florida Center for Writers, Co-Director of the Center for Applied Humanities, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Aging and Identity at the University of South Florida, where she is also Adjunct Professor of English.

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