Reading Our Lives: The Poetics Of Growing Old

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Brand: Oxford University Press
SKU: DADAX0195306872
ISBN : 0195306872

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Against the background of Socrates' insight that the unexamined life is not worth living, Reading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing Old investigates the often overlooked inside dimensions of aging. Despite popular portrayals of mid- and later life as entailing inevitable decline, this book looks at aging as, potentially, a process of poiesis: a creative endeavor of fashioning meaning from the ever-accumulating texts - memories and reflections-that constitute our inner worlds. At its center is the conviction that although we are constantly reading our lives to some degree anyway, doing so in a mindful matter is critical to our development in the second half of life.
Drawing on research in numerous disciplines affected by the so-called narrative turn - including cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and the psychology of aging - authors Randall and McKim articulate a vision of aging that promises to accommodate such time-honored concepts as wisdom and spirituality: one that understands aging as a matter not merely of getting old but of consciously growing old.
Author : William L. Randall
ISBN : 0195306872
Language : English
No of Pages : 352
Edition : 1
Publication Date : 6/3/2008
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 9.57x6.46x0.87
Book weight : 0.07

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