By Heike Hartung
This learn establishes age as a class of literary historical past, delineating age in its interplay with gender and narrative style. in response to the ancient premise that the view of aging 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 through that of gender. by means of studying the Bildungsroman as a 'coming of age' novel, the booklet asks how the telling of a existence in time impacts person age narratives. Bringing jointly different views of age and incapacity reports, the publication argues that disease is already a massive factor within the Bildungsroman's narratives of growing old. This theoretical stance presents new interpretations of canonical novels, vacationing authors resembling 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 sickness 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. making use of those theoretical views to canonical novels of the 19th century and to the hot style of 'dementia narrative', the quantity additionally presents new insights into literary and style heritage. This ebook introduces a brand new theoretical method of cultural age stories and provides a entire research of the relationship among narratology, literary conception, 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