Sarah Falcus, Katsura Sako
January 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 244 Pages - 26 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138670655 - CAT# Y230879
Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature
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This book examines narratives of dementia in contemporary literary texts, studying what is now a pressing issue with deep political, economic, and social implications for many ageing societies. As part of the increasing visibility of dementia in social and cultural life, these narratives pose ethical, aesthetic, and political questions about subjectivity, agency, and care that help us to interrogate the cultural discourse of dementia. Contemporary Narratives of Dementia is a seminal book that offers a sustained examination of a wide range of literary narratives, from auto/biographies and detective fiction, to children’s books and comic books. With its wide-reaching theoretical and critical scope, its comparative dimension, and its inclusion of multiple genres, this book is important for scholars engaging with studies of dementia and ageing in diverse disciplines.
Introduction 1. Dementia and Narratives of Detection 2. Generational Time: Storytelling, Family and Inheritance 3. On the Inside: Time, Narrative and Life with Dementia 4. A Story of One’s Own: Auto/Biographies of Dementia 5. Dementia and Children’s Picture Books Conclusion