By Kay Heath

ISBN-10: 079147657X

ISBN-13: 9780791476574

ISBN-10: 0791476588

ISBN-13: 9780791476581

Uncovers the origins of midlife anxiousness in Victorian print culture.

Aging via the e-book bargains an cutting edge examine the ways that center age, which for hundreds of years have been thought of the top of existence, used to be reworked throughout the Victorian period right into a interval of decline. unmarried ladies have been nearing heart age at thirty, and moms of their forties have been anticipated to turn into sexless; in the meantime, fortyish males anguished over no matter if their “time for romance had long gone by.” taking a look at famous novels of the interval, in addition to ads, cartoons, and scientific and recommendation manuals, Kay Heath uncovers how this ideology of decline permeated a altering tradition. getting older via the ebook unmasks and confronts midlife anxiousness via reading its origins, demonstrating that our present unfavourable angle towards midlife springs from Victorian roots, and arguing that basically after we comprehend the culturally developed nature of age do we divulge its ubiquitous and stealthy influence.

“Heath adopts a worldly method of the cultural building of midlife … Her attention of the subjective features of growing older provides to our knowing of midlife.” — Victorian Studies

“…Aging through the ebook … makes a persuasive case that it was once the Victorian age that solidified sleek understandings of what it capability to be middle-aged … Heath, in a e-book that's divided among cautious and thorough cultural historical past and literary readings, and that would most likely end up worthy and thought-provoking to a variety of Victorianists, units out to teach why and the way the no-longer-excluded heart among adolescence and senior prestige comes about.” — Nineteenth-Century Literature

“…this cultural historical past of midlife’s invention additionally deals a brand new method of nineteenth-century fiction: a literary historical past of getting older heroes and heroines.” — stories within the Novel

“By exploring the origins of a ‘midlife decline ideology,’ getting older by means of the ebook demanding situations readers to imagine extra severely concerning the strength of ageism within the current, making it a huge learn not just for Victorian students yet for someone drawn to age studies.” — magazine of British Studies

“Heath does point out, in her shut and sophisticated interpreting of the texts she has selected, that questions of age, love, and hope have been complicated and fluctuating, and that there has been a level of flexibleness inside of sure limits of age and status.” — Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies

“…Heath’s remedy of the wedding plot increases attention-grabbing questions about age and Victorian realism.” — CHOICE

“From the smart situating of heart age because the liminal instead of primary level among early life and age to insightful rereadings of the wedding plot in terms of narratives of decline, Kay Heath’s getting older by means of the ebook is an important contribution to either age reports and Victorian studies.” — Teresa Mangum, writer of Married, Middlebrow, and Militant: Sarah Grand and the recent girl Novel

Kay Heath is affiliate Professor of English at Virginia kingdom University.

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