The Bloomsbury Handbook to Ageing in Contemporary Literature and Film

Sarah Falcus, Heike Hartung, Raquel Medina

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Across more than 30 chapters spanning migration, queerness, and climate change, this handbook captures how the interdisciplinary and intersectional endeavor of Age(ing) studies has shaped contemporary literary and film studies. In the early 21st century, the literary study of age and ageing in its cultural context has 'come of age': it has come to supplement and challenge a public discourse on ageing seen mainly as a political and demographic 'problem' in many countries of the world. Following a tripartite structure, it looks first at literary and film genres and how they have been shaped by knowledge about age and ageing, incorporating both narrative genres as well as poetry, drama and imagery. The second section includes chapters on key themes and concepts in Age(ing) Studies with examples from film and literature. The third section brings together case studies focussing on individual artists, national traditions and global ageing.

Containing original contributions by pioneers in the field as well as new scholars from across the globe, it brings together current scholarship on ageing in literary and film studies, and offers new directions and perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic) 9781350204348
ISBN (Print) 9781350204331
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameBloomsbury Handbooks
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing


  • Ageing studies
  • feminism
  • gender studies
  • Literature
  • film studies


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