By Leni Marshall
Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to extra understandings of ways getting older and previous age are created.
In full of life, available prose, this ebook expands the achieve and intensity of age stories. A evaluate of age stories tools in thought, 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 experiences 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 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 strength.
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The third chapter explores how age studies methodologies apply in a broader cultural context, focusing on popular culture self-help and age studies texts, and on the cultural texts of menopause and ambiguous loss. Menopause is billed as a universal female experience, but individual women experience menopause in dramatically different ways (Dillaway; Lock). The popular texts about menopause treat the variety in women’s menopausal experiences with little enough depth that many women believe their experience of menopause is outside the norm (Claman).
It explains how and why those who are not yet aged nonetheless are involved inage studies. The ideas in this chapter establish age as an interpretive category that locates each individual in a particular intersectional social position, demonstrating some of the ways in which agedness gets constructed as “not only a biomedical but also a biopolitical category” (Kunow 31, emphasis in the original). The chapter examines contemporary intersectional cultural and social contexts of aging, specifically focusing on age in relationship to other embodied categories, the aged body as a socially constructed body, and the intersection of those two topics in the production of a gendered, aged body.
Aged bodies are perceived as blurring the mind/ body boundaries when the body asserts its primacy as inscriptor so powerfully that the discursive self/mind can do nothing to stop it. The body signifies the female aspect of the binary, so the blurring of boundaries makes the aged self culturally (externally) perceived as more female, or less powerful. In the nature/culture split as well, as the body seems to take over, the self becomes more aligned with, or under the power of, nature and the female.
Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time by Leni Marshall