Aging in Contemporary Narrative
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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...t h e O h i O S t a t e U n i v e r S i t y P r e S S ? c O l U m b U SUncanny subjects : aging in contemporary narrative / Amelia DeFalco.ISBN 978-0-8142-1113-7 (cloth : alk. paper)?ISBN 978-0-8142-9211-2 (cd-rom) 1. Old age in literature. 2. Identity (Psychology) in old age. 3. Aging in literature. 4. Aging in Cover illustration: John W. Ford, Forgotten Space: Pink Wall and Trees. Archival Digital ...
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...in the SUmmer of 2005 I had dinner with my grandparents at a res-taurant near their home in Utica, New York. The restaurant was chosen because it was my grandmother?s favorite, or more precisely, it was the only place outside her home where she would willingly eat a meal. Our server, a woman I?d guess to be in her fifties, was friendly, in a somewhat overbearing way. She took a self-conscious liking to my grandmother and ...
Prefatory Note: Defining Age
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...y FOcUS in Uncanny Subjects is primarily the condition of ?old? age, or more precisely, the experience of aging into old age. Of course ?old? is a highly relative term, largely dependent on perspective?hence the common preference for the more transparently comparative term ?older.? However, governments and institutions frequently erect boundar-...
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FirSt, i am grateful to Linda Hutcheon, whose encouragement and support have made this book possible. From our earliest conversations on the subject, she propelled me forward, inspiring and provoking my research with her astute insights. I was fortunate to a have a number of talented readers comment on earlier versions of the manuscript. In particu-lar, Naomi Morgenstern, Magdalene Redekop, and Catharine Stimpson ...
Introduction: Uncanny Subjects
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...thiS StUDy addresses age as an undertheorized sign of difference in the humanities, a difference that contemporary narrative fiction and film can help illuminate. The twentieth and twenty-first centuries are important times for a reconsideration of aging into old age, given what is sometimes anxiously referred to as the ?graying? of North America. The unprece-dented rise in older populations in recent years has increased the attention ...
1. Backward Glances: Narrative Identity and Lafe-life Review
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...the nOtiOn that human subjects are constituted by narrative has become something of a theoretical truism. As Kathleen Woodward puts it, ?To have a life means to possess its narrative? (Discontents 83, origi-nal emphasis). The belief in narrative as what Frederic Jameson calls ?the central function or instance of the human mind? is pervasive and persis-tent within both popular and academic discourses of identity (13, original ...
2. Troubling Versions: Dementia and Identity
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...in hiS personal essay documenting his father?s struggle with Alzheimer?s disease, Jonathan Franzen explains the necessity of his narrative inter-vention: ?This was his disease. It was also, you could argue, his story. But you have to let me tell it? (How to Be Alone 11). Franzen?s remarks imply the common association between lives and stories explored in chapter 1: human lives are embedded in narrative, though whether by nature (life as ...
3. Aging, Doubles, and the Mania of Dissemblance
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...jUlie chriStie S comments articulate a curious yet common phenome-non in which the transformations of aging produce an unnerving double. Crises of recognition are not limited to those over sixty: explaining her use of Botox, forty-five-year-old actress Virginia Madsen has character-ized such cosmetic procedures as attempts to rescue the true self that aging threatens to distort: ?I am not using these injectables to look 25, I don?t ...
Conclusion: Uncanny Aging, Uncanny Selves
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...hOw DOeS One understand, adapt to, interpret, live with the seem-ing simultaneous sameness and difference that accompanies old age? I raised this question in the introduction to this book. In the chapters that followed I stressed transience and instability, arguing that the continual transformation resulting from one?s status as temporal subject becomes increasingly apparent, and often problematic, as one ages into old age. ...
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Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2009
Series Title: Studies in Comics and Cartoons
Series Editor Byline: Edited by Lucy Shelton Caswell and Jared Gardner