By Heike Hartung
This research establishes age as a class of literary historical past, 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 particular narrative within the overdue eighteenth century, the research highlights how the altering adventure of growing older is formed via that of gender. by means of analyzing 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 different views of age and incapacity experiences, the e-book argues that disease is already an immense factor within the Bildungsroman's narratives of growing older. This theoretical stance offers new interpretations of canonical novels, traveling authors equivalent 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 ailment 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 hot style of 'dementia narrative', the amount additionally offers new insights into literary and style historical past. This publication introduces a brand new theoretical method of cultural age reports and gives 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