By Leni Marshall
Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to additional understandings of ways getting older and outdated age are created.
In vigorous, available prose, this e-book expands the succeed in and intensity of age experiences. A evaluate of age reports 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to work out how their very own intersectional identities form their ideals approximately age, getting older, and outdated age. This learn asks readers to interrogate the “texts” of menopause, self-help books on getting older, and foundational age experiences works. as well as the examine of those nonfiction texts, the poetry and prose of Doris Lessing, Lucille Clifton, and Louise Erdrich function cars for exploring how age relatives paintings, together with how they invoke readers into kinships of reciprocal care as othermothers, otherdaughters, and otherelders. The literary chapters study how proficient storytellers offer enactments, portrayals, and metaphorical makes use of of age to create transformative power.
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Menopause has, at least theoretically, clear enough boundaries that one can identify as pre- or postmenopausal, even if the actual experience is much more indeterminate. Judging by the number of books available, the transition of menopause seems to be the part of aging about which women (and perhaps the men in their lives) feel the most need for written guidance. Additional contributing factors are that this change seems to have distinct borders, it can be imagined as simply biological, and it has significant potential to be marked as a pathology.
My wrinkled face now reminds me of what the terms were every day of my life. 1 Aging into middle age and then into old age makes one conscious of the changes of time. 2 Women who ignore or deny their own aging try to maintain an unchanging idea of who they are, a “fixed, abstract identit[y]” (Schlib 208), even though society and chronology will not and cannot grant them a stable ref lection of self. Moreover, aging offers a real potential for release “from the fixity of dominant unified subject positions” (Komesaroff, Rothfield, and Daly 11).
Moving from prose to poetry, chapter 5 explicates the poems of Lucille Clifton and other African American authors, which offer positive conceptions of aging and old age. Their texts tend to locate the speakers as part of a continuum linking generations past and 22 AGE BECOMES US future. That connection encourages readers to appreciate the self-respect and the information handed down to them, and to serve as models from which the next generation also will learn proudly. African American women are less likely to need self-help books about aging, instead learning about the changes of age from biological or social kin.
Age Becomes Us: Bodies and Gender in Time by Leni Marshall