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Ageing, Gender, and Illness in Anglophone Literature: by Heike Hartung

By Heike Hartung

This examine establishes age as a class of literary background, delineating age in its interplay with gender and narrative style. in line with the ancient premise that the view of getting old as a burden emerges as a selected narrative within the past due eighteenth century, the learn highlights how the altering adventure of getting old is formed through that of gender. by way of studying the Bildungsroman as a 'coming of age' novel, the ebook asks how the telling of a existence in time impacts person age narratives. Bringing jointly the several views of age and incapacity reports, the publication argues that disease is already a major factor within the Bildungsroman's narratives of growing older. This theoretical stance presents new interpretations of canonical novels, vacationing authors akin to Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Samuel Beckett, and Jonathan Franzen. Drawing at the hyperlink among age and disease within the Bildungsroman's age narratives, the style of 'dementia narrative' is gifted as one of many instructions which the Bildungsroman takes after its classical interval. utilizing those theoretical views to canonical novels of the 19th century and to the recent style of 'dementia narrative', the quantity additionally offers new insights into literary and style historical past. This ebook introduces a brand new theoretical method of cultural age stories and provides a complete research of the relationship among narratology, literary concept, gender and age studies.

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