By Heike Hartung
This learn establishes age as a class of literary background, delineating age in its interplay with gender and narrative style. according to the historic premise that the view of getting older as a burden emerges as a particular narrative within the overdue eighteenth century, the research highlights how the altering event of aging is formed via that of gender. by way of interpreting the Bildungsroman as a 'coming of age' novel, the e-book asks how the telling of a existence in time impacts person age narratives. Bringing jointly the several views of age and incapacity reports, the booklet argues that ailment is already an incredible factor within the Bildungsroman's narratives of growing older. This theoretical stance presents new interpretations of canonical novels, traveling authors reminiscent of 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 disease 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 recent style of 'dementia narrative', the amount additionally presents new insights into literary and style historical past. This booklet introduces a brand new theoretical method of cultural age reports and provides a accomplished 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