By Sara M. Deats, Lagretta Lenker
Viewing creative works during the lens of either modern gerontological concept and postmodernist suggestions, the contributing students study literary remedies, cinematic depictions, and inventive photos 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 ahead of gerontologists recommended a Janus-faced version of getting older, artists have been celebrating the range of the aged, demanding the bio-medical equation of senescence with inevitable senility. Underlying all of this dialogue is the company conviction that cultural texts build in addition to encode the normal 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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Reunited with his beloved daughter Cordelia and encircled and succored by her love, Lear reclaims his powers (even as Gutmann , so many years later, asserts that the elderly tend to do). But the power he displays is very different from the authority he so valorized at the beginning of the play. The man who ever but slenderly knew himself receives a dazzling self-awareness: The wrathful bully learns patience; the dictatorial tyrant learns responsibility; and the authoritarian patriarch learns to accept, even cherish, the feminine within himself.
Their survey does, of course, discover many caricatures of the stereotypic aging professor: on the one hand, a monster of egotism; on the other, an absentminded buffoon doting on trivia. This egocentric, often ridiculous monster appears over and over in the literature of many different cultures: Roger Chillingworth in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Serebrykov in Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Father Dolan in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Mr. Ramsey in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, and Old Spenser in J.
CHAPTER 2 Shakespeare Teaching Geriatrics: Lear and Prospero as Case Studies in Aged Heterogeneity Kirk Combe and Kenneth Schmader Sir, I am vexed. Bear with my weakness. My old brain is troubled. Be not disturbed with my infirmity. 158-160) I am a very foolish fond old man, Fourscore and upward, not an hour more nor less; And, to deal plainly, I fear I am not in my perfect mind. 61-64) During this century, a number of critical studies of aging in Shakespeare have been undertaken. The great majority of these predate 1980; most are from the 1940s.