Becoming of Age Cinematic Visions of Mind, Body and Identity in Later Life

ISBN-10: 078647260X
ISBN-13: 9780786472604
Edition: 2013
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Description: This is a critical examination of the ways that aging and old age are represented and given meaning in popular film. Arguing that the narratives, discourses, and philosophical positions that underlie filmic depictions of growing older are historical  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 4/18/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

This is a critical examination of the ways that aging and old age are represented and given meaning in popular film. Arguing that the narratives, discourses, and philosophical positions that underlie filmic depictions of growing older are historical and open to revision, the author evaluates how a given film both portrays aging or older characters and tells the larger story of aging itself. Using the evaluations to explain how knowledge about aging and old age is made visible through film, the book shows how movies are able not only to promote negative portrayals of aging but also to challenge the cultural devaluation of old age. Movies cannot only consolidate age-based exclusionary definitions of self and personhood but also to dispute the distinction between self and other on which these definitions are based. The author sees popular film as a helpful site of cultural struggle where the cinematic representation and the lived reality of aging and old age intertwine.

Preface
Introduction
Understanding and Theorizing Aging and Old Age
Masculinities and the Narrative of Decline
The Silence and Invisibility of Older Women
Intimacy and Desire in Later Life
The Cultural Work of Alzheimer's
Age as Becoming
Chapter Notes
Bibliography
Index

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