The Older Woman in Recent Fiction
This critical study explores late twentieth century novels by women writers--including Doris Lessing, May Sarton and Barbara Pym--that feature female protagonists over the age of sixty. These novels' discourses on aging contrast with those largely pejorative ones that dominate Western society. They break the silence that normally surrounds the lives of the aged, and this book investigates how older female protagonists are represented in relation to areas such as sexuality, dependence and everyday life.
Beginning with an investigation of popular opinions about aging and a survey of hypotheses from disciplines including gerontology, psychology and feminism, the text reviews literary critical attitudes toward fictions of aging; analyzes representations of physically dependent characters, whose anger over their failing bodies is often eased by relationships with their female friends; discusses how paradigms of female sexuality exclude the possibility of older women being sexually desirable; examines characters that live a contented life, finding a more polemical side to them than is noted in more conventional literary critiques; and analyzes the aged sleuth in classical detective fiction.
43 pages matching individual in this book
Results 1-3 of 43
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Paradigms of Aging and Ageism
The Angry and Frustrated Older Woman
5 other sections not shown
ageist allows Angela Carter archetypal argues attitude Baltes Barbara Pym Beauvoir become Belsey body Bordo Caro Caro's Carter Certeau challenge chapter classical detective fiction contemporary crime fiction critics cultural Dame Bradley Daphne depicts desire detective fiction Diary disabled discourses discussed Diski dominant Doris Lessing Education of Harriet example fact Fay Weldon feel female characters feminine Feminism feminist focus Foucauldian Foucault Friedan Gazelle gender genre gerontology Gladys Mitchell Hagar heterosexual idea identity images individual Janna Keane Laura Lessing Lessing's Liam literary lives London male Maudie Maudie's Miss Marple Miss Silver Molly Keane Munt narrative narrator novel old age older characters older female older protagonists older woman paradigm passion perspective physical portrayed Pym's Quartet in Autumn reader relationship represent role Sarah Sarton senescence Simone de Beauvoir sleuth social society stereotypes story suggest Synott theory tion tive Waxman Wise Children women writes younger youth