New PDF release: Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time

By Leni Marshall

ISBN-10: 1438456972

ISBN-13: 9781438456973

Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to extra understandings of the way getting older and previous age are created.

In full of life, available prose, this ebook expands the achieve and intensity of age experiences. A evaluation of age stories equipment 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 examine asks readers to interrogate the “texts” of menopause, self-help books on getting older, and foundational age reports 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 research how proficient storytellers offer enactments, portrayals, and metaphorical makes use of of age to create transformative power.

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For women who have tried to achieve “a closer approximation to idealized beauty [in an effort to increase their] social power and opportunities, anti-aging discourses and the fight to preserve a youthful appearance starkly belie the supposedly benign nature of engaging in beauty regimens. Clearly, older women are compelled to engage in beauty work, irrespective of the futility of their efforts, or face social eradication” (Hurd Clarke 136). Eventually, the passage of time becomes inscribed on the aged self in ways that are not socially acceptable—wrinkles, liver spots, joint pain, farsightedness.

For women who have tried to achieve “a closer approximation to idealized beauty [in an effort to increase their] social power and opportunities, anti-aging discourses and the fight to preserve a youthful appearance starkly belie the supposedly benign nature of engaging in beauty regimens. Clearly, older women are compelled to engage in beauty work, irrespective of the futility of their efforts, or face social eradication” (Hurd Clarke 136). Eventually, the passage of time becomes inscribed on the aged self in ways that are not socially acceptable—wrinkles, liver spots, joint pain, farsightedness.

Since culture knows that it should not create such inscriptions, then such an antisocial action must be a process of culture’s binary opposite: nature. At a time when the self should be choosing to make itself more culturally inscribed than ever before in its life course (because one should always “choose” be at one’s peak—cf. U. Beck; Schilling; Turner), the embodied self becomes partially reconstituted by a noncultural agent, by the natural body. Degendering Age Thus, not only have aged bodies lost part of the agency required by social expectations, but such bodies are continually reconstituting themselves, refusing the static form of the normative subject.

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