Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture

Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings

  • Cathy McGlynn
  • Margaret O'Neill
  • Michaela Schrage-Früh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Cathy McGlynn, Margaret O’Neill, Michaela Schrage-Früh
    Pages 1-20
  3. Narratives of Ageing

  4. Social Roles: Mothers, Widows, Spinsters

  5. The Body and Embodiment

  6. Class, ‘Race’ and Agency

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 327-336

About this book


This timely collection engages with representations of women and ageing in literature and visual culture. Acknowledging that cultural conceptions of ageing are constructed and challenged across a variety of media and genres, the editors bring together experts in literature and visual culture to foster a dialogue across disciplines. Exploring the process of ageing in its cultural reflections, refractions and reimaginings, the contributors to Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture analyse how artists, writers, directors and performers challenge, and in some cases reaffirm, cultural constructions of ageing women, as well as give voice to ageing women’s subjectivities. The book concludes with an afterword by Germaine Greer which suggests possible avenues for future research. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Cathy McGlynn
    • 1
  • Margaret O'Neill
    • 2
  • Michaela Schrage-Früh
    • 3
  1. 1.Independent ResearcherLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Gender ARCUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  3. 3.Languages, Literatures and CulturesNational University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland

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