Aging and Identity: A Humanities Perspective by Sara M. Deats, Lagretta Lenker

By Sara M. Deats, Lagretta Lenker

Viewing inventive works in the course of the lens of either modern gerontological concept and postmodernist innovations, the contributing students research literary remedies, cinematic depictions, and creative snap shots of getting older from Shakespeare to Hemingway, from Horton Foote to Disney, from Rembrandt to Alice Neale, whereas additionally evaluating the attitudes towards getting older in local American, African American, and Anglo American literature. The examples reveal that lengthy prior to gerontologists counseled a Janus-faced version of getting older, artists have been celebrating the variety of the aged, tough the bio-medical equation of senescence with inevitable senility. Underlying all of this dialogue is the enterprise conviction that cultural texts build in addition to encode the traditional perceptions in their society; that literature, the humanities, and the media not just replicate society's mores yet may also support to create and implement them.

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However, tragically, Lear learns too late the wisdom taught by age, and the eve of his maturation becomes the day of his death. On his magical island, Prospero also battles between integrity and despair, although the conflict has been almost resolved before the play begins and we primarily witness the less perilous combat between integrity and anger. Finally, schooled by Ariel, even as Lear is tutored by the Fool, Prospero achieves a triumphant wisdom. However, the denouement olThe Tempest evokes pathos as well as triumph.

The daughter was concerned about his safety because of his wandering out of the house at night and the lack of adequate supervision. At times the patient responded to his cognitive decline with some sadness and crying spells, but no melancholia or anhedonia. There were no focal neurological symptoms, history of stroke, or alcohol use. Current medications included hydrochlorothiazide and ibuprofen, although medication compliance was questionable. SHAKESPEARE TEACHING GERIATRICS 39 The patient was a retired teacher from a well-to-do family with significant financial resources; he was also an esteemed member of the community.

822). In both gerontological research and clinical geriatrics, literary works dealing with the phenomenon of aging are, at best, marginalized. In this chapter, we intend to demonstrate not only that Shakespeare's plays might serve as valuable training material for students of geriatrics and gerontology, but that the plays themselves have something to teach us about the process of aging and, more importantly, about the narrative of aging. Since postmodern theory maintains that as humans we are inherently creatures of language — even creatures trapped by our language—it is reasonable to assume that our knowledge of and attitude toward the elderly will depend a great deal upon how we talk about them.

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