“The Years are Coming Up Fast Behind Us”: Representations of the Elderly Characters in Three Plays by Naomi Wallace

Гайдаш, Анна Владиславівна (2017) “The Years are Coming Up Fast Behind Us”: Representations of the Elderly Characters in Three Plays by Naomi Wallace Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Literature and Language. pp. 23-44. ISSN 978-1-68346-101-2

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Abstract

The paper examines the portrayal of the elderly characters in the selected plays by Naomi Wallace. Content analysis of the play suggests that the elderly characters in "Slaughter City", "One Flea Spare", and "The Inland Sea" frequently address their pasts forming a network of life review narratives. The intergenerational relations establish the jumping-off base for the construction of late adulthood imagery in the analyzed plays. According to a Jungian psychoanalytic viewpoint, the ambivalent archetype of the senex is encoded in the characters of Sausage Man (Slaughter City) and Leafeater (The Inland Sea). The most prominent older adults in the discussed plays are female dramatis personae who subvert age segregation, i.e. Darcy (One Flea Spare) and Helen (The Inland Sea). Unlike women, elderly male characters evoke despair and anxiety. Once powerful William Snelgrave (One Flea Spare) and Leafeater (The Inland Sea) lose their authority in their old age and become unable to adapt to current changes. Old age in Naomi Wallace’s dramas is represented as “Other” and simultaneously inherent in the broader age continuum subverting ageist gerontophobia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: senex; sexuality;, aging; late adulthood; literary gerontology
Subjects: Articles in journals > Наукові (входять до інших наукометричних баз, крім перерахованих, мають ISSN, DOI, індекс цитування)
Divisions: Institutes > Інститут філології > Кафедра германської філології
Depositing User: доцент каф Анна Владиславівна Гайдаш
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2018 13:02
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:02
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/23297

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