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Age Rage and Going Gently: Stories of the Senescent Subject in Twentieth-Century French Writing (Faux Titre 283) [Paperback]

By Oliver Davis (Author)
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This wide-ranging study looks at how the ageing process has alternately been figured in and excluded from twentieth-century French literature, philosophy and psychoanalysis. It espouses a critical interdisciplinarity and calls into question the assumptions underlying much research into ageing in the social sciences, work in which the negative aspects of growing older are almost invariably suppressed. It offers a major reappraisal of Simone de Beauvoirs great but neglected late treatise, La Vieillesse, and presents the first substantial discussion of a lost documentary film about old age in which Beauvoir appears and which she helped to write, PROMENADE AU PAYS DE LA VIEILLESSE. Questioning Beauvoirs own rather reductive reading of Gides work on old age, this study analyses the way in which his Journal and Ainsi soit-il experiment with a range of representational models for the senescent subject. The encounter between psychoanalysis and ageing is framed by a reading of Violette Leducs autobiographical trilogy, in which she suggests that psychoanalysis, to its detriment, simply cannot allow ageing to signify. This claim is tested in a critical survey of recent theoretical and clinical work by psychoanalysts interested in ageing in France, the UK and the US. Lastly, Herv Guiberts recently republished photo-novel about his elderly great-aunts, Suzanne et Louise, is examined as a work of intergenerational empathy and is found, in addition, to be an important statement of his photographic aesthetic. Navigating between the extremes of fury (age rage) and serene acceptance (going gently), this study aims throughout to examine the role which ageing plays in formal, as well as thematic, terms in writing the life of the subject.



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Studio: Editions Rodopi BV.
Pages   225
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2006
Publisher   Editions Rodopi BV.
ISBN  9042020261  
ISBN13  9789042020269  


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Oliver Davis has an academic affiliation as follows - Assistant Professor, French Studies, University of Warwick University.

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