Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism

Harleys and Hormones

Editors: Whelehan, I., Gwynne, J. (Eds.)

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How has popular film, television and fiction responded to the realities of an ageing Western population? This volume analyses this field of representation to argue that, while celebrations of ageing as an inspirational journey are increasing, most depictions still focus on decline and deterioration.

About the authors

Imelda Whelehan is Professor of English and Gender Studies and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Training) at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Her research focuses on feminist thought, popular fiction and film, and adaptation studies. Recent books include Screen Adaptation (with D. Cartmell, 2010), The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen (ed. with D. Cartmell, 2007) and The Feminist Bestseller (2005). She is also Co-Editor of the journal Adaptation and Associate Editor of Contemporary Women's Writing (OUP). She is currently writing on bras and post-war Hollywood. 
Joel Gwynne is Assistant Professor of English at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the author/co-editor of several books on contemporary literature and visual culture, including Sexuality and Contemporary Literature (2012), Erotic Memoirs and Postfeminism: The Politics of Pleasure (2013) and Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (2013). His essays have appeared in journals such as Journal of Gender Studies, Women’s Studies International Forum, Journal of Contemporary Asia and Feminist Theory. 

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction: Popular Culture’s ‘Silver Tsunami’

    Whelehan, Imelda (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Conscientious Objections: Feminism, Fiction and the Phoney War on Ageing

    Byrski, Liz

    Pages 14-28

  • Fiction or Polemic? Transcending the Ageing Body in Popular Women’s Fiction

    Whelehan, Imelda

    Pages 29-46

  • ‘Mrs Robinson Seeks Benjamin’: Cougars, Popular Memoirs and the Quest for Fulfilment in Midlife and Beyond

    Gwynne, Joel

    Pages 47-62

  • Sexing Up the Midlife Woman: Cultural Representations of Ageing, Femininity and the Sexy Body

    Hinchliff, Sharron

    Pages 63-77

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism
Book Subtitle
Harleys and Hormones
Editors
  • I. Whelehan
  • J. Gwynne
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37653-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137376534
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37652-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47771-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 254
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