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The production of lateness: old age and creativity in contemporary narrative


Rivera Godoy-Benesch, Rahel (2020). The production of lateness: old age and creativity in contemporary narrative. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag.

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This study examines how selected authors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries write about their creative processes in old age and thus purposefully produce a late style of their own. Late-life creativity has not always been viewed favourably. Prevalent "peak-and-decline" models suggest that artists, as they grow old, cease to produce high-quality work. Aiming to counter such ageist discourses, the present study proposes a new ethics of reading literary texts by elderly authors. For this purpose, it develops a methodology that consolidates textual analysis with cultural gerontology.

Abstract

This study examines how selected authors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries write about their creative processes in old age and thus purposefully produce a late style of their own. Late-life creativity has not always been viewed favourably. Prevalent "peak-and-decline" models suggest that artists, as they grow old, cease to produce high-quality work. Aiming to counter such ageist discourses, the present study proposes a new ethics of reading literary texts by elderly authors. For this purpose, it develops a methodology that consolidates textual analysis with cultural gerontology.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:11 May 2020
Deposited On:12 Aug 2020 08:05
Last Modified:12 Aug 2020 08:06
Publisher:Narr Francke Attempto Verlag
Series Name:Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten / Swiss Studies in English
Volume:146
Number of Pages:205
ISBN:978-3-7720-8698-4
Additional Information:Die vorliegende Arbeit wurde von der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich im Frühjahrssemester 2018 auf Antrag der Promotionskommission Prof. Dr. Martin Heusser (hauptverantwortliche Betreuungsperson) und Prof. Dr. Harm-Peer Zimmermann als Dissertation angenommen.
OA Status:Green
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2357/9783772056987
Related URLs:https://elibrary.narr.digital/book/99.125005/9783772056987 (Publisher)
https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/5u2s2l/ebi01_prod011619703 (Library Catalogue)

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