Age Becomes Us: Constructions of Bodies and Gender (SUNY by Leni Marshall

By Leni Marshall

Deconstructs fiction and nonfiction to extra understandings of ways getting older and outdated age are created.

In full of life, obtainable prose, this publication expands the achieve and intensity of age stories. A evaluate of age reports 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 learn asks readers to interrogate the “texts” of menopause, self-help books on getting older, and foundational age reviews works. as well as the learn of those nonfiction texts, the poetry and prose of Doris Lessing, Lucille Clifton, and Louise Erdrich function cars for exploring how age family 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 capability.

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An individual may not be as able to act as a static, unaged subject, but one is supposed to try. ” In North A merica in the twenty-f irst centur y, amid a massive array of variety and abundance and a theoretical celebration of difference, paradoxically some choices are more required than ever before. “The key to ageism is the notion that if one can discipline one’s body so as to forestall aging, one should do so—or else be deserving 34 AGE BECOMES US of marginalization” (Calasanti, “Bodacious” 341, emphasis in the original).

Thus, the reduction of virility, agency, and power for aged men happens in relation to women of their own cohort and in comparison with men of younger cohorts. 15 However, part of that which is lost has to do with sexuality— the gendered self and one’s participation in a sexual economy. Abjection Theories of the abject provide another explanatory layer to understanding the diminished social power of senior bodies.  are ejected from the social body as abject” (Woodward, Statistical 79–80, referencing Macdonald).

Nature/culture discourse regularly figures nature as female, in need of subordination by a culture that is invariably figured as male, active, and abstract” (J. Butler, Gender 37). Thus, the mind/body and nature/culture binaries reinforce both the distinction between genders and the binary nature of gender itself. The cultural aspects of how the nature/culture binary affects aging bodies begin early in life. Starting in infancy, each individual receives billions of cultural messages. Some of them are literally spoken; other ideas are transmitted through vision, taste, touch, or smell.

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