Contemporary Narratives of Ageing, Illness, Care
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This collection of essays explores cultural narratives of care in the contexts of ageing and illness. It includes both text-based and practice-based contributions by leading and emerging scholars in humanistic studies of ageing. They consider care not only in film (feature and documentary) and literature (novel, short story, children’s picturebook) but also in the fields of theatre performance, photography and music.
The collection has a broad geographical scope with case studies and primary texts from Europe and North America but also from Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Argentina and Mexico. The volume asks what care, autonomy and dependence may mean and how these may be inflected by social and cultural specificities. Ultimately, it invites us to reflect on our relations to others as we face the global and local challenges of both the pandemic and ageing societies.
Table of Contents
Ageing and Care in the Visual Field: The Photography of Martine Franck
Improvisation and Vulnerability: Circuits of Care in Performances of Age and Ageing
The Bucket List and More: Exploring Care Practices in an Australian Residential Aged Care Home through a "Narra-theatrical" Lens
"Come Healing of the Spirit, Come Healing of the Mind": The Evolution of Care in Sylvain Biegeleisen’s The Last Postcard and Twilight of a Life
Dementia in Familial Documentary Film: The Ethics of Representation and the Ethics of Care
Re-orientating Hesitantly: Approaching the Entangled Temporalities of Cinema, Dementia, and Hong Kong from a Decolonial Viewpoint
Ghost on the Canvas: Glen Campbell’s Musical Narratives of Ageing, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Care
A Glut of Slippers: The Chronotope of Older Age in the Contemporary North American Short Story
Old Friends: Reimagining Care Relations through Helen Garner’s The Spare Room
Care, Generations and Reciprocity in Children’s Picturebooks in Japan
Katsura Sako and Sarah Falcus
Katsura Sako is Professor of English at Keio University, Japan. She has research interests in literary and cultural studies of the life course, ageing and gender. She has published in journals such as Contemporary Women’s Writing, Feminist Review and Women: A Cultural Review. She is the co-author, with Sarah Falcus, of Contemporary Narratives of Dementia: Ethics, Ageing, Politics (Routledge, 2019). She has held multiple research grants including "Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research)" from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, which funded the conference "Ageing, Illness, Care in Literary and Cultural Narratives" that was held at the University of Huddersfield in 2019 and provided the basis for this volume.
Sarah Falcus is a Reader in Contemporary Literature at the University of Huddersfield. She has research interests in literary and cultural gerontology, science and speculative fiction, and children’s literature. She is the co-author, with Katsura Sako, of Contemporary Narratives of Dementia: Ethics, Ageing, Politics (Routledge, 2019). She is the co-editor, with Alison Waller, of a special issue of International Research in Children’s Literature (2021) that brings together children’s literature studies and ageing studies.