|Module title||Old age in British and American culture and literature|
|Module lecturer||dr Katarzyna Bronk - Bacon|
|Faculty||Faculty of English|
Classes last from 28.02 until 18.04. 2023
Module aim (aims)
The course teaches the students to understand the value of humanist gerontology, especially its cultural and literary branches, for a more holistic approach to human health. It allows the students to understand ageing, historically, as lived and embodied experience, expressed in the words, stories and writings. It teaches to read both the medical and (para)literary texts pertaining to ageing and old age as examples of pedagogy of old age. The course will ultimately show the benefits of gerontological knowledge in intergenerational communicative situations and help to develop ways and means of counteracting various forms of ageism.
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
The student should have good grasp of English and be interested in interdisciplinary studies in the history, processes and representations of ageing and old age in British and American culture(s). English at B2 level
Week 1: Introduction to cultural and humanistic gerontology, its origins and history
Week 2: Introduction to narrative and literary gerontology:
Week 3: Feminist perspectives: Genderisation of ageing
Week 4: The history of old age [Part 1]: The Antiquity and the [Christian] Middle Ages
Week 5: Case study: (St)ages of life and prolongevity: Paraliterary narratives on healthy and moral ageing
Week 6: The history of old age [Part 2]: The Renaissance
Week 7: Case study: William Shakespeare’s comic and tragic stereotypes
Week 8: The history of old age [Part 3]: The Enlightenment and the (narrative) medicalisation of old age
Week 9: Case study: Utopias and dystopias of ageing and intergenerational contract
Week 10: The history of old age [Part 4]: The Victorian period
Week 11: Case study: The fear of old age and growing old in Victorian literature
Week 12:The history of old age [Part 5]: The modern era
Week 13: Case study: Laughing at ageing?
Week 14: Old age and ageing in narratives for children
Week 15: Cinematic representations of ageing into/and old age
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