The discourse of aging in social and cultural context of the USA: the elderly character in the 18th century drama

Гайдаш, Анна Владиславівна (2016) The discourse of aging in social and cultural context of the USA: the elderly character in the 18th century drama Літературний процес: методологія, імена, тенденції : зб. наук. пр. (філол. науки) (7). pp. 18-23. ISSN 2311-2433

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Abstract

The article tackles the historical and philosophic background of aging in the context of West European and American mentalities of the late Middle Ages and Enlightenment. On the basis of T.R.Cole’s “The Journey of Life” and S. de Beauvoir’s “The Coming of Age” the author of the paper studies diachronic aspects of later life in the US drama of the 18th century. To characterize late adulthood in the humanities it is significant to delineate an ideal old age. T.R. Cole presumes that it “legitimizes roles and norms appropriate to the last stage of life, providing sanctions and incentives for living with the flow of time”. In terms of Cole’s formula as well as other basic ideas of Puritan worldview shedding light upon aging, the paper demonstrates their implementation in Royall Tyler’s comedy “The Contrast” (1787). The author of the paper argues that Tyler’s play implicitly promotes the Puritans’ ideal of the elderly and the metaphor of life as a journey. The paper demonstrates that although the older adult is a minor character in the comedy, yet he is represented as a complicated and ambivalent personality. Also there have been detected the markers of ageist discourse in the framework of poetic peculiarities of the drama.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aging; late adulthood; ideal of the old age; the Puritan doctrine; the metaphor of life as a journey; ageism;
Subjects: Articles in journals > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Institutes > Humanitarian Institute > Chair of German Philology
Depositing User: доцент каф Анна Владиславівна Гайдаш
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 14:35
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 14:35
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/15536

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