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Age Studies, Part Two
Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 12, 2010 | Bethany Stotts

Posted on 01/12/2010 8:00:55 AM PST by bs9021

Age Studies, Part Two

Bethany Stotts, January 12, 2010

As reported earlier, one professor discussing age studies at the 2009 Modern Language Association Convention focused her talk on Ghost World’s messages about adolescence and other items of a more prurient nature. The other three speakers, however, drew a parallel between ageism and “neoliberal” economic policies.

Age as Class Conflict

Speaking on a panel entitled “Age and Affect: Fear, Denial, Fantasy,” Ph.D. candidate Andrea Charise discussed elder abuse as it is depicted in Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit and Anthony Trollope’s The Fixed Period. “In this paper I argue…that disgust is a prevalent and particularly dangerous affective response to old age and that we might read elder abuse as an acutely disgusted reaction that distances the aged body as a disturbing reminder [of] mortality,” she said. “Citing examples from Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit, and Anthony Trollope’s The Fixed Period, my presentation will closely [redux] some of the elder abuse by drawing attention to literary strategies that themselves connote the forcible distancing characteristic of disgust.”

Quoting from University of Texas professor Thomas R. Cole’s 1983 work “The ‘Enlightened’ View of Aging: Victorian Morality in a New Key,” Charise said that

“Violence toward the elderly can be linked to what age theorist Thomas Cole has described as the 19th century’s construction of old age as a clinically distinct period of life. In response to Victorian moral values that celebrated independence, health and success, ‘the decaying body in old age…,’ he says, “came to signify [precisely] what bourgeois culture hoped to avoid: dependence, disease, failure, [and] sin.’”...

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TOPICS: Education; Government; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: agestudies; aging; health; healthcare

1 posted on 01/12/2010 8:00:58 AM PST by bs9021
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There is nothing wrong with these people that psychotropic medication cant fix.


2 posted on 01/12/2010 10:25:54 AM PST by freespirited (People talk about "too big to fail." Our government is too big to succeed. --Chris Chocola)
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