Representations of aging as boundary situations in Edward Albee's drama

Гайдаш, Анна Владиславівна (2017) Representations of aging as boundary situations in Edward Albee's drama Наукові праці: Науково-методологічний журнал., 286 (301). pp. 113-117. ISSN 1609-7742

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to study the portrayals of late adulthood and processes of aging as liminal conditions in the framework of literary gerontology. The play studies are “Sandbox”, “American Dream”, “All Over” and “Three Tall Women”. The methods used in the article are mixed: historical data processing, close reading technique, analyses of interdisciplinary resources (literary gerontology, age studies, age psychology). The author of the paper aims to demonstrate the dynamics of aging of elderly characters despite the outward action-free poetics of the theater of absurd. Albee uses ambivalent models of “the third age”: the senior characters embody features of Otherness, borderland, border between life and death. Yet physical weakness of the elderly dramatis personae is balanced out by their honesty in the conviction of the younger generations of stagnation and loss of human ideals. Intergenerational misunderstanding occurs because of the conflict of values. Aging as borderland in Albee’s dramas stem from generational (demographic), cultural (lack of spirituality) and economic (the desire to get rid of the dependents) factors. The paper concludes that representations of aging in the plays by Edward Albee are expressed via intergenerational conflicts, thanatological reflections, memories as the implementation of the concept of “life review” and self-stereotyping of the elderly characters. The results can be practical for the classes of US literature and literary gerontology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: old age; elderly women; borderland; self-stereotyping; intergenerational conflicts
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: 05 Dec 2017 13:15
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 13:15
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/21692

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