By Sara M. Deats, Lagretta Lenker

Viewing inventive works during the lens of either modern gerontological idea and postmodernist strategies, the contributing students research literary remedies, cinematic depictions, and inventive pics 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 display that lengthy earlier than gerontologists recommended 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 reflect society's mores yet may also support to create and implement them.

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While we may appreciate Chevalier's playful wit, many of us may also feel strongly that the later years of life should be more than merely an evasion of dying. Indeed, the chapters in this volume seek to demonstrate that the older years —the years after the fiftieth, sixtieth, seventieth, eightieth, and ninetieth birthdays—can include as fulsome a variety of experiences as do the childhood years before the tenth birthday, the adolescent years before the twentieth birthday, the young adult years before the thirtieth birthday, or any other of the decades of life.

Approximately five years later, at fortyseven, he reprised the tragic story of Lear in the triumphant saga of Prospero. The Tempest dramatizes the adventures of the Duke of Milan, who, enthralled with the study of magic, neglects his state responsibilities, is deposed by his ungrateful brother, and with his infant daughter Miranda is set adrift on the rough seas. However, Prospero and his daughter do not perish; instead, they find a providential haven on an island peopled only by spirits. Through his most potent magic Prospero establishes absolute rule over the creatures of the island, including the blithe spirit Ariel and the beast/man Caliban.

43-44). 96-98). Lear here associates having white hair with being wise; thus, to be told that one is old (has white hair) is seen as a form of flattery predicated on the equation of old age with wisdom. Paradoxically, as this quotation exemplifies, Lear's progress into madness is accompanied by a journey into self-awareness. Socrates once stated that "the unexamined life is not worth living," and this appears to be the life that the imperious Lear has lived for the eighty years preceding his disastrous decision to divide his kingdom and retire.

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