Figuring Age: Women, Bodies, Generations

Figuring Age: Women, Bodies, Generations

by Kathleen Woodward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253212367

ISBN-13: 9780253212368

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Figuring Age engages the virtually invisible subject of older women in western culture. Like other markers of social difference, age is given meaning by a culture. Yet unlike gender and race, the subjects of age and aging have received little sustained attention. Central to Figuring Age is the crucial question of how women are aged by culture. How are older women

…  See more details below

Overview

Figuring Age engages the virtually invisible subject of older women in western culture. Like other markers of social difference, age is given meaning by a culture. Yet unlike gender and race, the subjects of age and aging have received little sustained attention. Central to Figuring Age is the crucial question of how women are aged by culture. How are older women represented in a visual culture that is dominated by images of youth in television, film, and life performance? How do psychoanalysis, rejuvenation therapy and hormone replacement therapy, the fashion system, cosmetic surgery, and midlife bodybuilding shape our views of aging as well as of the older body itself? What is the "timing" of aging? To what extent is aging a culturally-induced trauma?

Indiana University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253212368
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Theories of Contemporary Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Opening the Subject
The Marks of Time3
Aging and the Scandal of Anachronism20
The Other End of the Fashion Cycle: Practicing Loss, Learning Decline34
Historicizing Age
Little Women: The Aging Female Character in Nineteenth-Century British Children's Literature59
Incubables and Rejuvenates: The Traffic between Technologies of Reproduction and Age-Extension88
Charcot's Older Women: Bodies of Knowledge at the Interface of Aging Studies and Women's Studies112
Psychoanalytic Theory and Aging
Social Physics: Inertia, Energy, and Aging131
Inventing Generational Models: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, Literature149
Visualizing Age, Performing Age
Trauma and Aging: Marlene Dietrich, Melanie Klein, and Marguerite Duras171
Not a Jealous Bone195
Scary Women: Cinema, Surgery, and Special Effects200
Monster/Beauty: Midlife Bodybuilding as Aesthetic Discipline212
Figure Model Series, 1991-1995227
Performing Aging/Performance Crisis (for Norma Desmond, Baby Jane, Margo Channing, Sister George - and Myrtle)232
Dolly Descending a Staircase: Stardom, Age, and Gender in Times Square248
Aging between the Ears264
Touching Surfaces: Photography, Aging, and an Aesthetics of Change268
Family Portraits
The Well of Wisdom: The Love of Older Women among French Lesbians297
From Anxiety to Equanimity: Crisis and Generational Continuity on TV, at the Movies, in Life, in Death310
Genealogy329
Missing Alice: In Search of a Mother's Voice336
Making an Exit340
Notes on Contributors349
Index353

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >