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Introduction: Narratives of Old Age and Gender: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives

orcid-imageSiân Adiseshiahemail-imageSiân Adiseshiah

Siân Adiseshiah is Professor of Literature, Politics and Performance at Loughborough University. Her research interests are in contemporary theatre, utopianism and age studies. Her most recent books include a monograph Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre (Methuen Drama, 2022) and a co-edited volume (with Jacqueline Bolton) debbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives (Palgrave, 2020). She is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal C21 Literature and Editor of the Liverpool University Press series ‘Playwriting and the Contemporary: Critical Collaborations’.

email-image S.Adiseshiah@lboro.ac.uk

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orcid-imageAmy Culleyemail-imageAmy Culley

Amy Culley is Associate Professor in English at University of Lincoln, UK. Her research interests are in age studies, life writing, and gender in the early nineteenth century. She is the author of British Women’s Life Writing, 1760–1840: Friendship, Community, and Collaboration (Palgrave, 2014). Her research project ‘On Growing Old: Women’s Late Life Writing 1800–1850’ was supported by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2020) and she has contributed to books and special issues on womens life writing and ageing.

email-image aculley@lincoln.ac.uk

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orcid-imageJonathon Shears§email-imageJonathon Shears§§

Jonathon Shears is Reader in English Literature at Keele University. He has published books and essays on poetic tradition including The Romantic Legacy of Paradise Lost (2009). His other work on voice includes ‘Listening to Christabel: Speech, Silence and the Contingencies of Voice’ (Romanticism, 2013). In 2019 he edited a special issue of Romanticism titled ‘Romanticism and Ageing’ and has published essays on ageing and immaturity in the work of poets including Lord Byron and Branwell Brontë.

email-image j.r.shears@keele.ac.uk

Abstract

The editors introduce the special issue by offering a contextualisation for approaching both ‘narrative’ and the intersection of ‘old age and gender’ at this present moment, and a consideration of the implications of the intervention with reference to intellectual and methodological developments within age studies. They also reflect on the value of a multi-disciplinary approach and consider the significance of intersectionality for analysing age, ageing and ageism. The second half introduces the format of the issue and each article.

Keywords

Old agegenderageingnarrativesage studiesmulti-disciplinary
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Published on: 10 August 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 2
Article ID: 001
Pages:1 - 10
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Adiseshiah with Culley, Shears (2023), ' Introduction: Narratives of Old Age and Gender: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 2): 001 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s2.001

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Introduction: Narratives of Old Age and Gender: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives

orcid-imageSiân Adiseshiahemail-imageSiân Adiseshiah

Siân Adiseshiah is Professor of Literature, Politics and Performance at Loughborough University. Her research interests are in contemporary theatre, utopianism and age studies. Her most recent books include a monograph Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre (Methuen Drama, 2022) and a co-edited volume (with Jacqueline Bolton) debbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives (Palgrave, 2020). She is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal C21 Literature and Editor of the Liverpool University Press series ‘Playwriting and the Contemporary: Critical Collaborations’.

email-image S.Adiseshiah@lboro.ac.uk

,
orcid-imageAmy Culleyemail-imageAmy Culley

Amy Culley is Associate Professor in English at University of Lincoln, UK. Her research interests are in age studies, life writing, and gender in the early nineteenth century. She is the author of British Women’s Life Writing, 1760–1840: Friendship, Community, and Collaboration (Palgrave, 2014). Her research project ‘On Growing Old: Women’s Late Life Writing 1800–1850’ was supported by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2020) and she has contributed to books and special issues on womens life writing and ageing.

email-image aculley@lincoln.ac.uk

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orcid-imageJonathon Shears§email-imageJonathon Shears§§

Jonathon Shears is Reader in English Literature at Keele University. He has published books and essays on poetic tradition including The Romantic Legacy of Paradise Lost (2009). His other work on voice includes ‘Listening to Christabel: Speech, Silence and the Contingencies of Voice’ (Romanticism, 2013). In 2019 he edited a special issue of Romanticism titled ‘Romanticism and Ageing’ and has published essays on ageing and immaturity in the work of poets including Lord Byron and Branwell Brontë.

email-image j.r.shears@keele.ac.uk