Adjustment strategy of the elderly in “The Oldest Profession”: Reaganomics repercussions in the geriatric bordello

Гайдаш, Анна Владиславівна (2016) Adjustment strategy of the elderly in “The Oldest Profession”: Reaganomics repercussions in the geriatric bordello Наукові праці : науково-методичний журнал. Серія "Філологія. Мовознавство", 271 (259). pp. 12-17. ISSN 2310-9858

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Abstract

The subject of the paper is the ways of tackling the old age by the elderly prostitutes in the play by the US dramatist Paula Vogel. The crucial instrument of understanding the late adulthood in fiction is the budding branch of science – literary gerontology. Therefore the author of the article studies current views on the interdisciplinarity of this emerging academic system figuring out its methodological advantages. The most favorable method for the scholars of belle-letters in the framework of the literary gerontology appears to be the focus upon rather literary than gerontological approaches. The topic of the research is the paradigm of social and economic strategies of coping with the vicissitudes of aging by the fictitious group of five septuagenarian hookers in the époque of Reagan. The paradigm relies heavily on the concurrent straight and ironic interpretation of the Reaganomics. The goal of the present study is to define the strategy of adjustment of the older adults to the shifts in social and economic politics of the country in the early 1980s. The characters in “The Oldest Profession” employ active forms of adjustment to their late adulthood due to the specificity of the sex trade. Despite the imminent passing away of each veteran after the symbolic blackouts a geriatric group portrait represents successful adjustment to the down side of supply-side economics. The methods used in the paper are mixed: historical data processing, analyses of interdisciplinary resources (literary gerontology, social gerontology, age studies, age psychology, etc). The innovative solution lies in the application of interdisciplinary approach to close reading of drama texts. The results can be practical for classes of US literature and social gerontology. The findings of the paper inform of the active form of adjustment to their late adulthood by the fictitious group of five septuagenarian hookers in Paula Vogel’s play “The Oldest Profession”.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adjustment; old age; the oldest profession; Reaganomics; strategy; literary gerontology
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: 11 Nov 2016 07:48
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 07:48
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/15537

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