Semantic aspects of the discourse of aging in “Desire Under the Elms” by Eugene O'Neill and “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller

Гайдаш, Анна Владиславівна (2017) Semantic aspects of the discourse of aging in “Desire Under the Elms” by Eugene O'Neill and “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller Філологічні науки (26). pp. 31-36. ISSN 2075-1486

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The present article studies basic aspects of the discourse of aging in the dramatic works of US playwrights. The author of the paper introduces the academic discipline of literary gerontology as a theoretical framework studying discourse of aging. Literary gerontologists (K. Woodward, B. Waxman, M. Hepworth, M. M. Gullette, J. King) pay tribute to the issues of aging and late adulthood in their close readings of prose texts. Therefore, the aim of this study is to analyze two major dramas of the first half of the 20th century to detect gerontological markers demonstrating strategies of aging. I argue that “Desire Under the Elms” by E. O’Neill and “Death of a Salesman” by A.Miller reveal constructive and destructive strategies of aging correspondingly. In this article, I also explore the forms of the elderly solitude. The generation gaps with intergenerational conflicts are detected in both dramas. 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 may be applied to the analysis of gerontological portrayals of the elderly characters in plays by Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gerontological markers; strategies of ageing; the elderly solitude; old age; US drama; intergenerational interaction; late adulthood; life review
Subjects: Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Це архівні підрозділи > Кафедра германської філології
Depositing User: професор Анна Владиславівна Гайдаш
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 06:59
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2018 06:59

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