By Leni Marshall
Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to additional understandings of ways getting older and outdated age are created.
In full of life, obtainable prose, this publication expands the succeed in and intensity of age reviews. A assessment of age stories tools in thought, 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 examine asks readers to interrogate the “texts” of menopause, self-help books on getting older, and foundational age reports works. as well as the examine of those nonfiction texts, the poetry and prose of Doris Lessing, Lucille Clifton, and Louise Erdrich function automobiles for exploring how age kin 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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Extra info for Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time
7 The variability of age based on one’s relative, situational age further destabilizes the category. The normative, “naturalized notion of the body is itself a consequence of taboos that render that body discrete by virtue of its stable boundaries” (J. Butler, Gender 132–3, emphasis in the original). I add normative to natural, because according to Butler, the very question of what part(s) are natural always already creates a discursively regulated body. That is, the discursive ability to separate the parts of the body from each other, in and of itself, fragments the perceptions of the Deconstructing the Body Through Age Studies 31 body.
This chapter explores many of the social messages that offer negative constructions of aging and how they do so, remaining mindful of the artificiality of the division between nurture and nature. Those who seek guidance about menopause and other aspects of aging-into-old-age may encounter some purportedly feminist texts that inadvertently validate or recreate the ageist social structures they find problematic. In such books, readers may find ways to change the age at which they are labeled old, but little to help them challenge or change negative stereotypes of elderhood.
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). This delineation also solidifies the boundaries between groups (see Sollors 255; Callaghan 196)— the opposite of the work Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time seeks to accomplish. Also, the groups about which one might be barred from speaking usually are groups already experiencing cultural oppression and Othering. Thus, those groups’ voices already are marginalized; requiring marginality further limits the number of people who may speak, which can lead to more silencing.