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Aging, Duration, and the English Novel

Aging, Duration, and the English Novel
Growing Old from Dickens to Woolf

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108499170

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  • 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 English Novel argues that the formal disappearance of aging from the novel parallels the ideological pressure to identify as being young by repressing the process of growing old. The construction of aging as a shameful event that should be hidden - to improve one's chances on the job market or secure a successful marriage - corresponds to the rise of the long novel, which draws upon the temporality of the body to map progress and decline onto the plots of nineteenth-century British modernity.

    • Argues that the conventions of the realist novel repress the process of aging, and provides a new account of realism that incorporates theories of time and affect to foreground previously understudied elements of narrative
    • Chapters focus on aspects of nineteenth-century literature and culture, including aging masculinity, 'redundant' women, queer sexuality, and dystopia
    • Links the plots of the Victorian novel to the politics of age, gender, and class by reflecting on the politics of inclusion and exclusion of marginalized characters
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108499170
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Aging theory
    2. No plots for old men
    3. Life after the marriage plot
    4. A wrinkle in time
    5. The technology age
    6. Gray modernism.

  • Author

    Jacob Jewusiak, Newcastle University
    Jacob Jewusiak is a Lecturer in Victorian literature at Newcastle University. His work has appeared in the journals ELH, Textual Practice, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, SEL, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.

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