"Sie werden nur entsorgt!" : gender variants of aging in Sibylla Berg's play "Ladies Are Waiting"

Кадубовська, Світлана Сергіївна (2021) "Sie werden nur entsorgt!" : gender variants of aging in Sibylla Berg's play "Ladies Are Waiting" Літературний процес: методологія, імена, тенденції (18). ISSN 2412-2475 (Online)

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Abstract

This work continues the initiative launched in the study "Constance Rave's Anti-Utopia" Extasy Rave ": Representations of Old Age". In the light of literary gerontology, the article analyzes the manifestations of stereotyping of pre-retirement characters, aging processes, manifestations of ageism and misogyny with political color and problematic and semantic aspects of corporality and tolerance in Sibylle Berg's play "Ladies Are Waiting" (2012). The sarcastic dialogues in the play demonstrate stereotypical patterns of thought in modern society about the social roles of older women. They portray aging as a physical and moral decline and a burden on society. Discriminatory practices against women over the age of 50 are not only verbal, but also physical (forced relocation to the dungeon), which echoes K. Dennig's drama. Age discourse is manifested through the coverage of aspects of corporeality with misogynistic and sexist coloring. In the images of the female geronto group, Sibille Berg exposes the stigma of late adulthood in negative stereotypes associated with female attractiveness, aging, gender. Attention is also paid to the current trends of German-language theater, which plays an important role in covering social issues such as ageism, stereotyping, misogyny. The analysis of theatrical productions and challenges, realized by the author herself, allows to attribute her work to the post-dramatic theater, which, according to Lehmann, is aimed at maintaining the internal unity of society. Conclusions are made about the possibilities of the author's restructuring of discriminatory stereotypes of aging and prejudice against women.Sybil Berg in the final act of the work reveals the unexpected negative consequences of ageism and self-stereotyping in the aging process, which threaten to maintain the moral and ethical qualities of modern German society, which focuses in its political and cultural directions on the idea of ​​tolerance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aging; old age; ageism; misogyny; Sibylle Berg; "Ladies are waiting"; tolerance; corporality; literary gerontology
Subjects: Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Інститути > Інститут філології > Кафедра германської філології
Depositing User: Svitlana Sergiivna Kadubovska
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 09:25
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2022 09:25
URI: https://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/40393

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