By Leni Marshall
Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to extra understandings of the way getting older and previous age are created.
In full of life, obtainable prose, this ebook expands the achieve and intensity of age reviews. A evaluate of age experiences tools in idea, literature, and perform leads readers to determine how their very own intersectional identities form their ideals approximately age, getting older, and previous age. This research asks readers to interrogate the “texts” of menopause, self-help books on getting older, and foundational age reports works. as well as the research 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 strength.
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That each person is an active participant in the aging process leaves open an encouraging possibility for change—at the very least, for entering into the process of construction more deliberately. “When the subject is said to be constituted, that means simply that the subject is a consequence of certain rule-governed discourses that govern the intelligible invocation of identit y” ( J. Butler, Gender 145). Butler’s body of work demonstrates the complexity of subjecthood’s constitution, yet examinations of the process can be quite productive.
Each message physically and psychically changes the individual as the brain forms new neural connections to record the event and the memory expands to place the event into the mental data bank. Each message literally becomes inscribed on the body, leaves a change that marks the individual, informing how the person thinks and acts. One of the most central of Western cultural values, individualism, intersects with these messages to create what seems to be a choice. That is, free will allows people to make many conscious decisions about how to behave, holding them morally responsible for the 32 AGE BECOMES US choices they make about which cultural messages to accept or reject.
1 Age studies is not just about elders. If one accepts the supposition of a focus on elders, however, the questions still highlight a need for critical reconsideration. After college, I spent nearly a decade working for and with seniors in various capacities, from Massachusetts to Oregon, and to say that older and old people are Othered in American society is putting it mildly—they are devalued, ignored, and ridiculed. Age studies concepts, including those in this book, can continue to boost cross-boundary dialogue, creating a space for action and reaction.
Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time by Leni Marshall