By Heike Hartung
This learn establishes age as a class of literary heritage, delineating age in its interplay with gender and narrative style. in response to the ancient premise that the view of getting old as a burden emerges as a particular narrative within the overdue eighteenth century, the examine highlights how the altering adventure of getting older is formed via that of gender. by way of studying the Bildungsroman as a 'coming of age' novel, the e-book asks how the telling of a existence in time impacts person age narratives. Bringing jointly the various views of age and incapacity stories, the ebook argues that affliction is already a huge factor within the Bildungsroman's narratives of growing older. This theoretical stance offers new interpretations of canonical novels, traveling authors similar 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 disorder 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. employing those theoretical views to canonical novels of the 19th century and to the hot style of 'dementia narrative', the amount additionally presents new insights into literary and style historical past. This publication introduces a brand new theoretical method of cultural age experiences and provides a finished research of the relationship among narratology, literary concept, gender and age studies.
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Ageing, Gender, and Illness in Anglophone Literature: Narrating Age in the Bildungsroman (Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature) by Heike Hartung