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Shame and the Aging Woman

Confronting and Resisting Ageism in Contemporary Women's Writings

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This book brings together the research findings of contemporary feminist age studies scholars, shame theorists, and feminist gerontologists in order to unfurl the affective dynamics of gendered ageism. In her analysis of what she calls “embodied shame,” J. Brooks Bouson describes older women’s shame about the visible signs of aging and the health and appearance of their bodies as they undergo the normal processes of bodily aging. Examining both fictional and nonfiction works by contemporary North American and British women authors, this book offers a sustained analysis of the various ways that ageism devalues and damages the identities of otherwise psychologically healthy women in our graying culture.  Shame theory, as Bouson shows, astutely explains why gendered ageism is so deeply entrenched in our culture and why even aging feminists may succumb to this distressing, but sometimes hidden, cultural affliction.


Titel: Shame and the Aging Woman
Autoren/Herausgeber: J. Brooks Bouson
Aus der Reihe: Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism
Ausgabe: 1st ed. 2016

ISBN/EAN: 9783319317106

Seitenzahl: 212
Format: 21 x 14,8 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 421 g
Sprache: Englisch

J. Brooks Bouson is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago, USA. She has published nine books, including Embodied Shame: Uncovering Female Shame in Contemporary Women’s Writings; Quiet As It's Kept: Shame, Trauma and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison; Jamaica Kincaid: Writing Memory, Writing Back to the Mother; and Brutal Choreographies: Oppositional Strategies and Narrative Design in the Novels of Margaret Atwood. - Newsletter
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