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By Heike Hartung

This examine establishes age as a class of literary background, delineating age in its interplay with gender and narrative style. in line with the historic premise that the view of aging as a burden emerges as a particular narrative within the past due eighteenth century, the examine highlights how the altering event of growing older is formed by means of that of gender. by means of interpreting the Bildungsroman as a 'coming of age' novel, the ebook asks how the telling of a existence in time impacts person age narratives. Bringing jointly the several views of age and incapacity reviews, the booklet argues that affliction is already a tremendous factor within the Bildungsroman's narratives of getting older. This theoretical stance presents new interpretations of canonical novels, traveling authors similar to Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Samuel Beckett, and Jonathan Franzen. Drawing at the hyperlink among age and sickness within the Bildungsroman's age narratives, the style of 'dementia narrative' is gifted as one of many instructions which the Bildungsroman takes after its classical interval. using those theoretical views to canonical novels of the 19th century and to the hot style of 'dementia narrative', the quantity additionally offers new insights into literary and style historical past. This e-book introduces a brand new theoretical method of cultural age reviews and provides a entire research of the relationship among narratology, literary idea, gender and age studies.

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