By Leni Marshall

Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to additional understandings of the way getting older and outdated age are created.

In vigorous, obtainable prose, this e-book expands the succeed in and intensity of age reviews. A evaluation of age experiences tools in concept, 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 research asks readers to interrogate the “texts” of menopause, self-help books on getting older, and foundational age experiences works. as well as the learn of those nonfiction texts, the poetry and prose of Doris Lessing, Lucille Clifton, and Louise Erdrich function automobiles 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 study how proficient storytellers supply enactments, portrayals, and metaphorical makes use of of age to create transformative strength.

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Until more people are involved with age studies, can anyone’s silence on this subject be respectf ul? Few claims should rest on essentialized authority; a group’s “‘epistemic privilege’ does not inherently include a privileged knowledge of the causes of their situation” (Harding 130, quoting 25 26 AGE BECOMES US Uma Narayan’s phrase, emphasis in the original). Being old does not generate the ability to produce critically sound age studies analysis.  criticism becomes an extension of personal essence” (Roof and Weigman 93).

Anyone old enough to participate in a social exchange knows something about age difference. 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.

The texts do not specify the identity of Erdrich’s targeted reader, an openness that some First Nations authors and critics decry as a serious f law. Repeatedly, Erdrich’s narratives generate opportunities for reconnection to a larger culture, creating both incentive and obligation in the reader to enact change. Each of these chapters develops the reader’s understanding of how age studies augments the available possibilities of analysis and inquiry. The models reveal the breadth and depth that interdisciplinary age studies analyses add to literary and cultural criticism.

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