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Serializing Age

Aging and Old Age in TV Series

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Maricel Oró-Piqueras(Hg.), Anita Wohlmann(Hg.), Serializing Age (2015), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839432761

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Beschreibung / Abstract

Serialized storytelling provides intriguing opportunities for critical representations of age and aging. In contrast to the finite character of films, television narratives can unfold across hundreds of episodes and multiple seasons. Contemporary viewing practices and new media technologies have resulted in complex television narratives, in which experimental temporalities and revisions of narrative linearity and chronological time have become key features. As the first of its kind, this volume investigates how TV series as a powerful cultural medium shape representations of age and aging, such as in »Orange Is The New Black«, »The Wire« or »Desperate Housewives«, to understand what it means to live in time.

Beschreibung

Maricel Oró-Piqueras, born in 1977, is a member of the research group Dedal-Lit and teaches literature, culture, and English language at the University of Lleida in Catalonia. Her research focuses on British contemporary writers such as Julian Barnes, Deborah Moggach and Kazuo Ishiguro. She has published articles in journals such as the "Journal of Aging Studies" and the "Journal of English Studies".
Anita Wohlmann (PhD) is a postdoctoral researcher at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. As of November 2017, she will be Assistant Professor of Literature and Narrative Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research project »Body and Metaphor: Narrative-Based Metaphor Analysis in Medical Humanities« is funded by the German Research Foundation (2017-2020). Her research focuses on age studies, American film and culture studies and medical humanities.

Kritik

»Die Darstellung des menschlichen Alterungsprozesses sowie von alten Menschen in den Narrativen des Mainstream-Fernsehens ist häufig unkonventionell - gleichzeitig jedoch wird diese Neuartigkeit immer noch mit stereotypen Elementen aufgeweicht. Es ist ein großer Verdienst dieser Publikation, dass in den elf durchweg sehr guten Aufsätzen beide Aspekte differenziert herausgearbeitet werden.« Vincent Fröhlich, MEDIENwissenschaft, 4 (2016)

»The book can thus be read as a first step in this direction, and it clearly outlines the desiderata to be dealt with in future studies.«
Andreas Hudelist, www.theaterforschung.de, 08.04.2016

Besprochen in: tv diskurs, 1 (2017), Lothar Mikos

Inhaltsverzeichnis

  • Cover Serializing Age
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Serial Narrative, Temporality and Aging: An Introduction
  • BETWEEN SCREEN AND REALITY: NEGOTIATING THE EFFECTS OF OLD AGE AND AGING
  • “Time, Memory, and Aging on the Soaps”
  • “Business as Usual: Retirement on The Wire”
  • “Heroine and/or Caricature? The Older Woman in Desperate Housewives”
  • TEMPORALITY AND AGING: EXPERIMENTS WITH MAGIC, NARRATIVE AND GENRE
  • “‘Vampires Don’t Age, But Actors Sure Do’: The Cult of Youth and the Paradox of Aging in Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
  • “‘In the Twilight of Their Lives? Magical Objects as Serial Devices and Catalysts of Aging in The Twilight Zone”
  • “Wait For It…! Temporality, Maturing, and the Depiction of Life Concepts in How I Met Your Mother”
  • “Serial Cougars: Representations of a Non-Normative Lifestyle in a Sitcom, an Episodic Serial, and a Soap Opera”
  • SEX AND DESIRE THROUGH THE LENS OF TELEVISION TIME
  • “Still Looking. Temporality and Gay Aging in US Television”
  • “‘You’ve Got Time’: Ageing and Queer Temporality in Orange is the New Black”
  • “‘I’m Too Old to Pretend Anymore’: Desire, Ageing and Last Tango in Halifax”
  • “‘Blanche and the Younger Man’: Age Mimicry and the Ambivalence of Laughter in The Golden Girls”
  • EPILOG: THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RELEVANCE OF STUDYING AGE IN TELEVISION
  • “Aging beyond the Rhetoric of Aging”
  • Contributors

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