The Older Woman in Recent Fiction

60 As I have been insisting, the sexuality of the older individual is “culturally unintelligible,” and its appearance in fictional narratives can thus be regarded as part of a larger attempt to “redescribe” current categorizations of ...

Author: Zoe Brennan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786480289

Category: Social Science

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This critical study explores late twentieth century novels by women writers—including Doris Lessing, May Sarton and Barbara Pym—that feature female protagonists over the age of sixty. These novels’ discourses on aging contrast with those largely pejorative ones that dominate Western society. They break the silence that normally surrounds the lives of the aged, and this book investigates how older female protagonists are represented in relation to areas such as sexuality, dependence and everyday life. Beginning with an investigation of popular opinions about aging and a survey of hypotheses from disciplines including gerontology, psychology and feminism, the text reviews literary critical attitudes toward fictions of aging; analyzes representations of physically dependent characters, whose anger over their failing bodies is often eased by relationships with their female friends; discusses how paradigms of female sexuality exclude the possibility of older women being sexually desirable; examines characters that live a contented life, finding a more polemical side to them than is noted in more conventional literary critiques; and analyzes the aged sleuth in classical detective fiction.

Aging Masculinities in Contemporary U S Fiction

From this, it would seem, then, that the main gender-ed studies of aging have centered on women. ... concerned with female-authored portrayals of older women—for example, Zoe Brennan's The Older Woman in Recent Fiction (2004) and Aging ...

Author: Josep M. Armengol

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030715960

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book focuses on representations of aging masculinities in contemporary U.S. fiction, including shifting perceptions of physical and sexual prowess, depression, and loss, but also greater wisdom and confidence, legacy, as well as new affective patterns. The collection also incorporates factors such as race, sexuality and religion. The volume includes studies, amongst others, on Philip Roth, Paul Auster, Toni Morrison, Ernest Gaines, and Edmund White. Ultimately, this study proves that men’s aging experiences as described in contemporary U.S. literature and culture are as complex and varied as those of their female counterparts.

Ageing Gender and Illness in Anglophone Literature

The Older Woman in Recent Fiction. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005. Broich, Ulrich. “Der 'negative Bildungsroman' der neunziger Jahre”. Die 'Nineties. Ed. Manfred Pfister, Bernd SchulteMiddelich. Munich, Germany: Francke, 1983. 197–226.

Author: Heike Hartung

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317511502

Category: Literary Criticism

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This study establishes age as a category of literary history, delineating age in its interaction with gender and narrative genre. Based on the historical premise that the view of ageing as a burden emerges as a specific narrative in the late eighteenth century, the study highlights how the changing experience of ageing is shaped by that of gender. By reading the Bildungsroman as a 'coming of age' novel, the book asks how the telling of a life in time affects individual age narratives. Bringing together the different perspectives of age and disability studies, the book argues that illness is already an important issue in the Bildungsroman's narratives of ageing. This theoretical stance provides new interpretations of canonical novels, visiting authors such as Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Samuel Beckett, and Jonathan Franzen. Drawing on the link between age and illness in the Bildungsroman's age narratives, the genre of 'dementia narrative' is presented as one of the directions which the Bildungsroman takes after its classical period. Applying these theoretical perspectives to canonical novels of the nineteenth century and to the new genre of 'dementia narrative', the volume also provides new insights into literary and genre history. This book introduces a new theoretical approach to cultural age studies and offers a comprehensive analysis of the connection between narratology, literary theory, gender and age studies.

British Women s Cinema

Brennan, Z. (2005) The Older Woman in Recent Fiction, Jefferson, NC:McFarland&Company.Chivers,S.(2003)FromOldWoman to Older Women: Contemporary Culture and Women's Narratives, Columbus: The Ohio State University Press.

Author: Melanie Bell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135231927

Category: Performing Arts

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British Women’s Cinema examines the place of female-centred films throughout British film history, from silent melodrama and 1940s costume dramas right up to the contemporary British ‘chick flick’.

Seven American Women Writers of the Twentieth Century

existence as a mature though flawed woman. While Lessing in her recent novels has turned to psychic experience as an alternative reality, McCarthy in her political reporting on Vietnam and Watergate has kept to the facts, which are more ...

Author: Maureen Howard

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816607969

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 380

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Seven American Women Writers of the Twentieth Century was first published in 1977. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

Discourses of Ageing in Fiction and Feminism

23 However, herhopeof counsellingthe youngwas undermined by a bodyof fictionthat installed old and young in oppositional roles. In New Woman fiction, we aremore likely tofind the generations in conflict, rather than achieving anything ...

Author: J. King

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137292278

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book explores the way older women are represented in society. Through close readings of novels by major 20th century novelists, compared with the more dominant representations of female ageing to be found in popular culture it suggests that they offer a feminist understanding of the 'invisible' woman sometimes lacking in feminism itself.

Doctors in Fiction

In an article in the New York Times, on June 28, 2005, Irving admitted that his most recent novel, Until I Find You, contains two personal experiences he never previously revealed publicly, his sexual abuse by an older woman at age 11 ...

Author: Borys Surawicz

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781315357867

Category: Medical

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Medical practitioners are key actors in many well-known works of fiction and literature, presenting a vital insight into the social, medical, scientific and ethical concerns of their authors and readers. However, medical professionals are often left little time to explore such cultural perceptions of their profession, and by extension themselves, despite the extent to which the views of their patients and society have been - and still are - shaped by them. Doctors in Fiction explores and analyzes representations of medical practitioners in fiction, encompassing classic and contemporary literature, popular fiction, and authors from many nations and traditions. These include among others: Albert Camus A* Anton Checkhov A* Robertson Davies A* Graham Greene A* George Eliot A* Ian McEwan A* F. Scott Fitzgerald A* Jaroroslav Hasek A* Henrik Ibsen A* John Irving A* Patrick O'Brien A* Boris Pasternak A* Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn This book will be of interest to those with an interest in the medical humanities, and to students of cultural history and literature. It will also be of particular interest to medical practitioners of all kinds who enjoy literature and wish to understand and reflect upon wider perceptions of their profession.

Female Celebrity and Ageing

reality celebrity appears to offer a new position of liberation and empowerment that is amplified by women's ... by her discussion of the recent rise of 'the cougar'; a term first coined in the 1980s to describe an older woman who seeks ...

Author: Deborah Jermyn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134924868

Category: Social Science

Page: 152

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Female Celebrity and Ageing: Back in the Spotlight interrogates the myriad ways in which celebrity culture constructs highly visible ideologies of femininity and ageing, and how ageing female celebrities have negotiated the media in a variety of industrial, historical and national contexts. In the era when the ‘baby boomers’ have started drawing their pensions, the boundaries of what constitutes ‘old age’ have never seemed more fluid, and ageing has never been presented by advertisers and marketers in a more dynamic fashion. However, the fact remains that ageing is still widely feared, and growing old is an inherently gendered process, in which ageing women are paradoxically both rendered invisible and subjected to damning scrutiny. Nowhere is this conflicting state of affairs more evident than in celebrity culture, where ageing female stars are praised for ‘growing old gracefully’ one moment, and condemned for ‘letting themselves go’ the next, when they fail to age ‘appropriately’. Examining a variety of themes and ageing women in the spotlight, from Barbara Stanwyck to Madonna to Charlotte Rampling, the essays collected here forge new critical and conceptual insights into how women grow older in the media, and the implications of this for what Susan Sontag memorably called "the double standard of ageing". This book is based on a special issue of Celebrity Studies.

American Women Writing Fiction

Godwin's women are not feminist rebels any more than they are a romance writer's stereotyped creatures; ... becomes an actress after making her first connection to art and performance through an older woman she loves as the living image ...

Author: Mickey Pearlman

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813181615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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American literature is no longer the refuge of the solitary hero. Like the society it mirrors, it is now a far richer, many-faceted explication of a complicated and diverse society -- racially, culturally, and ethnically interwoven and at the same time fractured and fractious. Ten women writing fiction in America today -- Toni Cade Bambara, Joan Didion, Louise Erdrich, Gail Godwin, Mary Gordon, Alison Lurie, Joyce Carol Oates, Jayne Anne Phillips, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, and Mary Lee Settle -- represent that geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity that is distinctively American. Their differing perspectives on literature and the American experience have produced Erdrich's stolid North Dakota plainswomen; Didion's sun-baked dreamers and screamers; the urban ethnics -- Irish, Jewish, and black -- of Gordon, Schaeffer, and Bambara; Oates's small-town, often violent, neurotics; Lurie's intellectual sophisticates; and the southern survivors and victims, male and female, of Phillips, Settle, and Godwin. The ten original essays in this collection focus on the traditional themes of identity, memory, family, and enclosure that pervade the fiction of these writers. The fictional women who emerge here, as these critics show, are often caught in the interwoven strands of memory, perceive literal and emotional space as entrapping, find identity elusive and frustrating, and experience the interweaving of silence, solitude, and family in complex patterns. Each essay in this collection is followed by bibliographies of works by and about the writer in question that will be invaluable resources for scholars and general readers alike. Here is a readable critical discussion of ten important contemporary novelists who have broadened the pages of American literature to reflect more clearly the people we are.

The Woman Next Door

MORE PRAISE FOR THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR "Liz Byrski has a guaranteed cheer squad for her novels which champion ... women taking charge of their life and growing old creatively.

Author: Liz Byrski

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Aus.

ISBN: 9781925480030

Category: Fiction

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"The doyenne of women's fiction" West Australian Over the years, the residents of Emerald Street have become more than just neighbours, they have built lasting friendships over a drink and chat on their back verandahs. Now a new chapter begins with the children having left home. Helen and Dennis have moved from their high maintenance family property to an apartment by the river with all the mod cons. For Joyce and Mac, the empty nest has Joyce craving a new challenge, while Mac fancies retirement on the south coast. Meanwhile, Polly embarks on a surprising long-distance relationship. But she worries about her friend next door. Stella's erratic behaviour is starting to resemble something much more serious than endearing eccentricity... With her trademark warmth and wisdom, Liz Byrski involves us in the lives and loves of Emerald Street, and reminds us what it is to be truly neighbourly. MORE PRAISE FOR THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR "Liz Byrski has a guaranteed cheer squad for her novels which champion ... women taking charge of their life and growing old creatively." Daily Telegraph "Compelling reading, combining great drama with strong and complex characters." West Australian

Food and Femininity in Twentieth Century British Women s Fiction

While the idea of the older woman's weekly sexual duties to her brutish husband might be cause for disgust, ... threats with greater resonance than they might exhibit in other contexts, or if related to other of the novel's characters.

Author: Professor Andrea Adolph

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409475484

Category: Literary Criticism

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In her feminist intervention into the ways in which British women novelists explore and challenge the limitations of the mind-body binary historically linked to constructions of femininity, Andrea Adolph examines female characters in novels by Barbara Pym, Angela Carter, Helen Dunmore, Helen Fielding, and Rachel Cusk. Adolph focuses on how women's relationships to food (cooking, eating, serving) are used to locate women's embodiment within the everyday and also reveal the writers' commitment to portraying a unified female subject. For example, using food and food consumption as a lens highlights how women writers have used food as a trope that illustrates the interconnectedness of sex and gender with issues of sexuality, social class, and subjectivity-all aspects that fall along a continuum of experience in which the intellect and the physical body are mutually complicit. Historically grounded in representations of women in periodicals, housekeeping and cooking manuals, and health and beauty books, Adolph's theoretically informed study complicates our understanding of how women's social and cultural roles are intricately connected to issues of food and food consumption.

The Sentimental Education of the Novel

theory of the older woman with all her advantages, her superior attributes, and her definite perfections only dates from today. M. de Balzac invented it, and it is one of his most genuine [réelles] discoveries in the realm of the novel ...

Author: Margaret Cohen

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691188249

Category: Literary Criticism


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The nineteenth-century French novel has long been seen as the heroic production of great men, who confronted in their works the social consequences of the French Revolution. And it is true that French realism, especially as developed by Balzac and Stendhal, was one of the most influential novelistic forms ever invented. Margaret Cohen, however, challenges the traditional account of the genesis of realism by returning Balzac and Stendhal to the forgotten novelistic contexts of their time. Reconstructing a key formative period for the novel, she shows how realist codes emerged in a "hostile take-over" of a prestigious contemporary sentimental practice of the novel, which was almost completely dominated by women writers. Cohen draws on impressive archival research, resurrecting scores of forgotten nineteenth-century novels, to demonstrate that the codes most closely identified with realism were actually the invention of sentimentality, a powerful aesthetic of emerging liberal-democratic society, although Balzac and Stendhal trivialized sentimental works by associating them with "frivolous" women writers and readers. Attention to these gendered struggles over genre explains why women were not pioneers of realism in France during the nineteenth century, a situation that contrasts with England, where women writers played a formative role in inventing the modern realist novel. Cohen argues that to understand how literary codes respond to material factors, it is imperative to see how such factors take shape within the literary field as well as within society as a whole. The book also proposes that attention to literature as a social institution will help critics resolve the current, vital question of how to practice literary history in the wake of poststructuralism.

Social Issues in Television Fiction

The studies mentioned above have, broadly, characterised the genre of television soap opera as inherently 'progressive' in its focus on women and the domestic sphere. While the older female viewer is unlikely to be part of the audience ...

Author: Lesley Henderson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748630899

Category: Performing Arts

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Why are some controversial issues covered in TV soaps and dramas and not others? How are decisions really made 'behind the scenes'? How do programme makers push boundaries without losing viewers? What do audiences take away from their viewing experience? Does TV fiction have a greater impact on public understandings than TV news? This exciting new book draws on unique empirical data to examine the relationship between popular television fiction and wider society.The book gives lively and engaging insights into how and why socially sensitive story lines were taken up by different TV programmes from the late 1980s to the 2000s. Drawing on a series of case studies of medicine, health, illness and social problems including breast cancer, mental distress, sexual abuse and violence it comprehensively traces the path of storylines from initial conception through to audience reception and uses contemporary examples to link practice to theory. For the first time, this book addresses production and receptio

Dictionary of American Children s Fiction 1990 1994

When the latest boyfriend of his mother , Vernie * , refuses to take him further . Harley Nunn , 13 , grabs his duffle bag and walks off into the Arizona desert campground , observed only by an older woman with a station wagon .

Author: Alethea Helbig

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313287635

Category: Literary Criticism

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Contains author, title, and character entries for over 180 various award winning books

Dictionary of American Children s Fiction 1960 1984

Beckett and Daniel find messages in an old oak tree that appear to have been left by Liberty * Boys about ... 1980 ) , a novel of a friendship between a boy with problems and an older woman , which won the International Reading ...

Author: Alethea Helbig

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313252335

Category: Literary Criticism

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Comprehensive dictionary of American children's fiction from 1960 to 1984. Includes short synopsis and brief information on author.

The Fiction and Criticism of Katherine Anne Porter

In the last two of these six sketches, the Grandmother is dead, and her loss is felt as keenly as her presence had ... be from her Grandmother's, reveals how much of the older woman's training and personality the small child absorbed.

Author: Harry John Mooney

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 9780822973980

Category: Literary Criticism

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One of the earliest, and still one of the most perceptive analyses of Katherine Anne Porter, it gives careful interpretation of the style and intent of Porter’s work from 1935 through the publication and critical reception of Ship of Fools.

The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction

Pulp novels ostensibly function as agents of social, moral and political regulation, policing female sexual behaviour ... found in Ann Bannon's Odd Girl Out and Vin Packer's Spring Fire or the sexually experienced older woman who leads ...

Author: David Glover

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107493858

Category: Literary Criticism

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Popular commercial fiction emerged in the nineteenth century, with serialised novels and sensational penny dreadfuls. Today it remains a multi-million dollar industry giving pleasure to many, but it is also a field of growing interest for scholars and students of literature. This Companion covers the major developments in the history of popular fiction, with specially commissioned chapters on pulp fiction, bestsellers, and comics and graphic narratives. The volume also examines the public and personal everyday contexts within which popular texts are read, highlighting the ways in which such narratives have circulated across a variety of constantly changing media, including theatre, television, cinema and new computer-based digital forms. Case studies from key genres - crime fiction, romance and Gothic horror - as well as a full chronology and guide to further reading make this collection indispensable to all those interested in this complex and vibrant cultural field.

The Orphan in Eighteenth Century Fiction

Yet the older woman unconsciously regards and treats Ellena as a daughter. The consequences ofthis becomeexplicit in themoral ofthe novel: 'thevirtues ofOlivia, exerted ina generalcause,had thusled her unconsciously to the happiness ...

Author: E. König

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137382023

Category: Fiction

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The Orphan in Eighteenth-Century Fiction explores how the figure of the orphan was shaped by changing social and historical circumstances. Analysing sixteen major novels from Defoe to Austen, this original study explains the undiminished popularity of literary orphans and reveals their key role in the construction of gendered subjectivity.

Imagination and Idealism in John Updike s Fiction

We do learn from Verna toward the end of the novel that Dale has “been having an affair with some older woman, ... he shows us that she still has some surprises in her: “She has been irritable and abstracted these recent days, ...

Author: Michial Farmer

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781571139429

Category: Literary Criticism

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Concentrating on the role of the imagination in Updike's works, this book shows him to be an original and powerful thinker and not the callow sensationalist that he is sometimes accused of being.