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Critical Approaches to Ageing Body Politics in the Works of Erica Jong

Grup Dedal-Lit, University of Lleida, Plaça Víctor Siurana, 1, 25003 Lleida, Spain
Societies 2019, 9(2), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9020047
Received: 20 April 2019 / Revised: 31 May 2019 / Accepted: 10 June 2019 / Published: 13 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Socio-cultural and Critical Approaches to Health and the Body)
The ways we read our bodies and bodily transformations are deeply inscribed in cultural meanings that vary across different historical times and societies. Even if the desire to achieve culturally imposed beauty standards and ideals is relevant to all age groups, anxieties about bodily decline become more pronounced as we approach the final stages of our lives. Physical changes are never just manifestations of cellular and organic loss, but can also be a source of troubled identifies and fragmented personalities caused by the mismatch between our external appearance and the inner perception of the self. This paper offers the longitudinal analysis of female processes of ageing from age-studies and feminist perspectives, as depicted in the works of Erica Jong, a contemporary American writer. It uncovers significant aspects of the pressures older women are subjected to in order to look more appealing in youth-oriented cultures, and demonstrates that the human body is often regarded as a conflicting site of perpetual ambiguities and troubled feelings caused by physical decay. View Full-Text
Keywords: ageing; body politics; gender; literary and cultural gerontology; feminism ageing; body politics; gender; literary and cultural gerontology; feminism
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Stončikaitė, I. Critical Approaches to Ageing Body Politics in the Works of Erica Jong. Societies 2019, 9, 47.

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