By Leni Marshall
Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to additional understandings of the way getting older and previous age are created.
In full of life, available prose, this booklet expands the succeed in and intensity of age stories. A overview of age reviews equipment in concept, literature, and perform leads readers to determine 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 members paintings, together with how they invoke readers into kinships of reciprocal care as othermothers, otherdaughters, and otherelders. The literary chapters research how talented storytellers offer enactments, portrayals, and metaphorical makes use of of age to create transformative capability.
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Calasanti “Gender”; Katz and Marshall; Marshall and Katz “Embodied” and “From”; Meadows and Davidson; Richeson and Shelton 180). 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.
Butler, Gender 145). Butler’s body of work demonstrates the complexity of subjecthood’s constitution, yet examinations of the process can be quite productive. Applying these concepts to the aged body leads to some interesting observations. , “mature over time and Deconstructing the Body Through Age Studies 29 build life experiences”). Students who consider aging as a physical process say that aging happens when a body experiences “anatomical degradation” so that a “less efficient” body requires a person to “slow down” (Lamb, “Polyester”).
Cultural and biological, historical and visionary: the factors that create, replicate, and have the potential to transform ideas about age difference are complex and impossible to fully differentiate. Nonetheless, as many age studies and aging studies scholars have pointed out, individuals are held responsible for their own signs of aging, as if gray hair, wrinkles, changing eyesight, and even the socioeconomically inf luenced potential of ill health are the result of personal choice rather than a combination of social, genetic, and environmental factors.
Age Becomes Us: Constructions of Bodies and Gender (SUNY Series in Feminist Criticism and Theory) by Leni Marshall