Aging and Identity: A Humanities Perspective

Aging and Identity: A Humanities Perspective

by Sara Munson Deats
     
 

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

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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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Examines how the humanities have contributed to the construction of stereotype images of aging in industrial society and how they can be used to deconstruct those same images. Demonstrates ways to use examples of aging in literature, the arts, and the media to highlight individual diversity and offer alternatives to limiting stereotypes. The 17 essays cover the aging male and female in literature, and aging in the community and in the fine and popular arts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275964795
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/1999
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

SARA MUNSON DEATS is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of South Florida, and Co-director of the Center of Applied Humanities. She is also author of Sex, Gender, and Desire in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe (1997).

LAGRETTA TALLENT LENKER is Director of the Division of Lifelong Learning and Co-director of the Center for Aplied Humanities and the Florida Center for Writers at the University of South Florida. She was co-editor with Joseph Moxley for The Politics of Scholarship, (Greenwood, 1995).

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