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By Sara M. Deats, Lagretta Lenker

Viewing creative works during the lens of either modern gerontological thought and postmodernist recommendations, the contributing students study literary remedies, cinematic depictions, and creative pix of getting older from Shakespeare to Hemingway, from Horton Foote to Disney, from Rembrandt to Alice Neale, whereas additionally evaluating the attitudes towards getting older in local American, African American, and Anglo American literature. The examples reveal that lengthy prior to gerontologists recommended a Janus-faced version of getting older, artists have been celebrating the range of the aged, difficult the bio-medical equation of senescence with inevitable senility. Underlying all of this dialogue is the enterprise conviction that cultural texts build in addition to encode the normal perceptions in their society; that literature, the humanities, and the media not just reflect society's mores yet may also aid to create and implement them.

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How beauteous mankind is! 184-187). Prospero seems to realize that no matter how much he provides for his child, certain hard lessons of life will have to be learned on her own. Nonetheless, Prospero's emotional state is one of sadness at life changes, not one of disabling depression. Prospero feels the effects of advancing age, but does not succumb to them. Similarly, Prospero experiences mild forgetfulness. This occurs in act four, scene one, during the performance of the masque, when Prospero remembers Caliban's rebellion: "I had forgot that foul conspiracy/ Of the beast Caliban and his confederates/ Against my life.

Campbell's (1948) Christian interpretation of the tragedy as a "sublime morality play" celebrating humanity's quest for eternal, enduring values ("The Salvation of Lear") to J. Stampfer's (i960) absurdist reading of the play as a rejection of all essential values, even the validity of penance, in an ironic and perhaps even "imbecile" universe ("The Catharsis of King Lear"). I favor the via media reading of such commentators as Arthur Sewell (1951: "Tragedy and the Kingdom of Ends") and Maynard Mack (1965: King Lear in Our Time ), who interpret the play as an affirmation of the human values of community and 3° THE AGING MALE IN LITERATURE relatedness within a problematic universe.

With an increased understanding of gerontology and geriatrics (Gold and Schmader 1993), today we are better equipped than ever to understand Shakespeare's elderly characters. " The principle of aged heterogeneity maintains that the elderly are more diverse than younger persons in physical, psychological, social, and functional characteristics. Such variability in the elderly has been demonstrated in gerontological studies of social support, financial resources, emotional health, cognitive function, and physiology; moreover, it has been the subject of recent essays (Rowe and Kahn 1987; Maddox 1987,1991).

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