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The Resource Adulthood and other fictions : American literature and the unmaking of age, Sari Edelstein

Adulthood and other fictions : American literature and the unmaking of age, Sari Edelstein

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Adulthood and other fictions : American literature and the unmaking of age
Title
Adulthood and other fictions
Title remainder
American literature and the unmaking of age
Statement of responsibility
Sari Edelstein
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
While the field of childhood studies has blossomed in recent years, few scholars have taken up the question of age more broadly as a lens for reading American literature. Adulthood and Other Fictions shows how a diverse array of nineteenth-century writers, thinkers, and artists responded to the rise of chronological age in social and political life. Over the course of the century, age was added to the census; schools were organized around age groups; birthday cards were mass-produced; geriatrics became a medical specialty. Adulthood and Other Fictions reads American literature as a rich, critical account of this modern culture of age, and it examines how our most well-known writers registered-and often resisted-age expectations, particularly as they applied to women and people of color. More than simply adding age to the list of identity categories that have become de rigeur sites of scholarly attention, Adulthood and Other Fictions argues that these other measures of social location (race, gender, sexuality, class) are largely legible through the seemingly more natural and essential identity defined by age. That is, longstanding cultural ideals about maturity and development anchor ideologies of heterosexuality, race, nationalism, and capitalism, and in this sense, age rhetoric serves as one of our most pervasive disciplinary discourses. Writers including Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Henry James anticipated the ageism of our moment, but they also recognized how age norms both structure and limit the lives of individuals at all points on the age continuum. Ultimately, the volume argues for an intersectional understanding of age that challenges the celebration of independence and autonomy imbricated in US fantasies of adulthood and in American identity itself
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Edelstein, Sari
Dewey number
810.9/352409034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • PN56.O4
  • PS217.A37
LC item number
  • E34 2019
  • E34 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Adulthood in literature
  • Age in literature
  • American literature
  • Society in literature
  • United States
  • Adulthood in literature
  • Age in literature
  • American literature
  • Social conditions
  • Society in literature
  • United States
Label
Adulthood and other fictions : American literature and the unmaking of age, Sari Edelstein
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"May I never be a man" : immaturity in Melville's America -- Peculiar forms of aging in the literature of US slavery -- Little women, overgrown children, and the problem of female maturity -- Over the hill and out of sight : locating old age in regionalism -- Beyond mastery : undoing adulthood in the work of Henry James -- Coda : the new old age
Control code
1044868239
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 201 pages
Isbn
9780198831884
Lccn
2018947646
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1044868239
Label
Adulthood and other fictions : American literature and the unmaking of age, Sari Edelstein
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"May I never be a man" : immaturity in Melville's America -- Peculiar forms of aging in the literature of US slavery -- Little women, overgrown children, and the problem of female maturity -- Over the hill and out of sight : locating old age in regionalism -- Beyond mastery : undoing adulthood in the work of Henry James -- Coda : the new old age
Control code
1044868239
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 201 pages
Isbn
9780198831884
Lccn
2018947646
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1044868239

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