The mission of the TC Age Studies forum is to benefit the association by serving as a valuable resource for researchers and educators in the field of age studies. To achieve this goal, researchers explore the implications of age differences across the lifespan and the intersections of age with other categories of identity in literature, media, and culture, particularly focusing on considerations of aging and old age. Educators incorporate age studies concepts into pedagogies of literature, language, and writing. We encourage scholars to explore the impact of their own and others’ age-based stereotypes, the benefits and frustration of aging, and the potential inherent in aging and old age beyond the boundaries of essentialist, reductive valuations. The TC Age Studies forum supports examinations of cultural assumptions and research about age and age-based discriminations, including responses and resistance.
Greetings to all of you, and especially to those of you new to this Forum, or at least new to me!
The Age Studies Exec committe will be looking to elect 2 positions in January.
- Someone to represent us at the delegates meeting held at MLA each January. This is a position described by Leigh, below.
- Someone to step in as a new member of the…
SBussey replied to the topic Membership Suggestions for 2023 Forum Delegate Election in the discussion TC Age Studies on MLA Commons 1 week, 6 days ago
Yes! I want to encourage all of you to think about stepping into a more active role in this Forum. If you have never served as a Delegate, but often look for an opportunity to attend MLA, this is a great opportunity. My underfunded Dean saw this as scholarly work, paid my registration, and provided travel funds during the time that I served as a…[Read more]
This article provides an overview of the special issue. It argues that attention to literary forms plays an important role when it comes to issues of social justice and aging. Forms enable and disable what can be said; they shape the way we receive and process information; they conjure affects that can supplement or contradict the content that…[Read more]
Alarmist demography often situates older people as natural
disasters: images of the “gray flood” and “silver tsunami” imbue
senescence with the destructive force of climatic proportions. This
Element focuses on the demographic dread arising from the relative
shift in younger and older populations: not of a world lacking children,
but of one…[Read more]
Leigh A. Neithardt started the topic Membership Suggestions for 2023 Forum Delegate Election in the discussion TC Age Studies on MLA Commons 10 months, 2 weeks ago
The next election for this forum’s Delegate Assembly representative will be held in the fall of 2023, and the forum’s executive committee will take up the matter of nominations for this election when it meets in January 2023. Though the executive committee is responsible for making nominations, it is required to nominate at least one candidate who…[Read more]
This article argues that Tennyson’s ‘Tithonus’ (1860) draws together ageing and decay through the poem’s formal wrinkling: moments where metrical disruption, folding, slackness, or concealment correspond to the insights derived from the perspective of great age — chiming the poet’s keynotes of disappointment, mourning, and loss. I turn to ‘Ulysses…[Read more]
The significance of old age in Kipling’s work has gone largely unacknowledged by critics who attend to the many youthful protagonists who sail, hunt, and explore their way across the plots of his fiction. This essay argues that the relationship between grandparent and grandchild in Kipling’s Kim serves as a representational strategy—at the level…[Read more]
The rapid onset of dementia after an illness, the development of gray hair after a traumatic loss, the sudden appearance of a wrinkle in the brow of a spurned lover. The realist novel uses these conventions to accelerate the process of aging into a descriptive moment, writing the passage of years on the body all at once. Aging, Duration, and the…[Read more]
For those interested, please see below a CFP for the journal Women and Language.
Call for Papers | Women & LanguageEditor: Leland G. Spencer, PhD | Miami University
Women & Language, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal publishes original scholarly articles and creative work…[Read more]
This essay argues that William Morris’s work displaces an implicit youthful bias in theories of utopia and socialism by making senescence a structuring principle of his ideal society. For Morris, capitalist age ideology stratifies the lifespan into zones of youth and old age, usefulness and excess, and he perceived the rising reformist…[Read more]
Michelle A. Massé started the topic REMINDER: CFPs for Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages due 3/15 at midnight in the discussion TC Age Studies on MLA Commons 4 years, 6 months ago
REMINDER: CFPs for Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages due 3/15 at midnight!
1) Balancing Acts: Academia’s Gendered Cost of Living
Description: This roundtable examines how women and men pay dearly for degrees in “feminized” fields. We know about students’ economic debts, which women have more of, while earning fewer dollars for repayment.…[Read more]
Come and join other age studies scholars at these remaining Chicago events. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Session 555. New Voices at the Intersection of Drama, Performance, and Age Studies
Saturday, 5 January 3:30-4:45 p.m., Columbian Meeting Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Program arranged by the forums TC Age Studies and GS Drama and P…[Read more]
I am very pleased to let you know that Margaret Morganroth Gullette is being awarded the MLA Prize for Independent Scholars for her book, Ending Ageism; Or, How Not To Shoot Old People. This honor will be presented at the MLA Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 5 January, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sheraton Ballroom I-IV of the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Margaret’s…[Read more]
Here are the sessions at MLA 2019 that pertain to Age Studies. Looking
forward to seeing you there!
*Age Studies Panels at the MLA Convention in Chicago*
*3-6 January 2019*
*Session 38. Aging, Care, and Humor*
Thursday, 3 January
12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Toronto Meeting Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Program arranged by the forum TC Age…[Read more]
Valerie Barnes Lipscomb started the topic CFP — North American Network in Aging Studies conference paper deadline 11/1 in the discussion TC Age Studies on MLA Commons 4 years, 11 months ago
Dear colleagues in Age Studies,
We are happy to announce that the joint international conference of the North American and European Networks in Aging Studies hosted by the Trent Center for Aging & Society in Peterborough, ON, is coming closer, and conference preparations are already in full swing!
And now, it’s time to add one of the most i…[Read more]
Nancy C. Backes started the topic Nominations for the 2019 TC: Age Studies Executive Committee Election in the discussion Age Studies on MLA Commons 5 years ago
This is an invitation for you to nominate someone–self nominations welcome–for a position on the TC: Age Studies executive committee. When the executive committee meets during the January 2019 convention in Chicago, it will take up the matter of nominations for the executive committee elections that will be held in fall 2019. One nominee will be…[Read more]
CFP–Putting it into Words: Age, Language, and Expression: We invite abstracts for a guaranteed panel at MLA 2019 in Chicago proposed by the TC Age Studies forum. There are situations throughout the life course that are beyond words, yet authors must put them into words. We invite papers that draw on age studies scholarship to explore…[Read more]
CFP: Abstracts are being accepted for a non-guaranteed panel at MLA 2019 in Chicago as part of the TC Age Studies Forum. This panel solicits papers that address the intersections of age and masculinity in literature or film. Papers might consider the following questions: How do modalities such as time and space change as men grow older? How does…[Read more]
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