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Fictions of Old Age in Early Modern Literature and Culture

By Nina Taunton

© 2008 – Routledge

222 pages

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Fiction of Old Age in Early Modern Literature and Culture is a new and timely exploration of the issues and circumstances at work in representations of old age in the early modern period. It deals with both factual and literary material drawn from a range of genres as a means of rounding out the experience of growing old and aims to give readers a sense of the diversity involved in the theorising, politics and gendering of old age and ageing.

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Prologue: The Whirligig of Time

Chapter One: Commonplaces and Stereotypes

(Comedy of Errors, Dialogue of Comfort)

Chapter Two: Old and Young

(The Merchant of Venice, The Old Law, King Lear)

Chapter Three: Disgraceful Old Age (1): men behaving badly

(King Lear, The Old Law, The Broken Heart)

Chapter Four: Disgraceful Old Age (2): women behaving worse

(The Witch, the Witch of Edmonton, The Wise Woman of Hogsdon)

Chapter Five: Politics and the Workplace

(The Courtier, The Old Law, Coriolanus)

Epilogue: All’s Well that Ends Well




About the Author

Nina Taunton is Senior Lecturer in English at Brunel University. She is author of 1590s Drama and Militarism: Portrayals of War in Marlowe, Chapman and Shakespeare's Henry V and coeditor with Darryll Grantley of The Body in Medieval and Early Modern Culture.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

From Shakespeare to Jonson, Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture looks at both the literature and culture of the early modern period. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside theatre, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Renaissance
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh