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Ageing in Irish Writing

Strangers to Themselves

Authors: Ingman, Heather

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  • Deals with ageing in the context of Irish writing specifically - the first book to do so
  • Offers a new perspective on canonical Irish writers
  • Appeals to scholars in Irish Studies, gender, history and social sciences
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About this book

Age is a missing category in Irish literary criticism and this book is the first to explore a range of familiar and not so familiar Irish texts through a gerontological lens. Drawing on the latest writing in humanistic, critical and cultural gerontology, this study examines the portrayal of ageing in fiction by Elizabeth Bowen, Molly Keane, Deirdre Madden, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, John Banville, John McGahern, Norah Hoult and Edna O’Brien, among others. The chapters follow a logical thematic progression from efforts to hold back time, to resisting the decline narrative of ageing, solitary ageing versus ageing in the community, and dementia and the world of the bedbound and dying. One chapter analyses the changing portrayal of older people in the Irish short story. Recent demographic shifts in Ireland have focused attention on an increasing ageing population, making this study a timely intervention in the field of literary gerontology.

About the authors

Heather Ingman is Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Her publications include Irish Women’s Fiction from Edgeworth to Enright (2013), A History of the Irish Short Story (2009), and Twentieth-Century Fiction by Irish Women: Nation and Gender (2007). She is co-editor, with Clíona Ó Gallchoir, of A History of Modern Irish Women’s Literature, forthcoming 2018.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Gerontology and Its Challenges

    Pages 1-28

    Ingman, Heather

  • Ageing, Time and Aesthetics: Dorian Gray, W. B. Yeats and Elizabeth Bowen’s The Little Girls

    Pages 29-57

    Ingman, Heather

  • Resisting the Narrative of Decline: Molly Keane, Time After Time, Deirdre Madden, Authenticity and Anne Enright, The Green Road

    Pages 59-90

    Ingman, Heather

  • Ageing, the Individual and the Community in the Fiction of Iris Murdoch, John Banville and John McGahern

    Pages 91-124

    Ingman, Heather

  • A Voice of Their Own: Portraits of Old Age in the Irish Short Story

    Pages 125-152

    Ingman, Heather

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eBook $64.99
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96429-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-07189-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ageing in Irish Writing
Book Subtitle
Strangers to Themselves
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96430-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96430-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96429-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07189-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 209
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