Perspectives on the perils and pitfalls of ageing, viewed through the lens of novels, plays and poems from across history.
" Among the many joys of this inspiringly high-spirited heart-to-heart with the
literature of ageing, is the zest with which it seizes the opportunity of age
to read again for pleasure, the better to enjoy what's left of life, or the better to
endure it. If getting old has consolations, David Ellis's engrossing conversations
with works we are strangers to, or thought we knew but didn't, is one of them. "
Howard Jacobson (novelist and essayist)
Witty, insightful, and ambitious, Blasted with Antiquity reflects on ageing and old age
across the Western literary canon. Organized around themes such as retirement, nostalgia
and self-consciousness and sex, Ellis's book is a delight to read - a significant
publication for scholars in literary age studies and an accessible volume for
anyone interested in literary representations of growing older.
Dr Jacob Jewusiak (Newcastle University, author of Aging, Duration, and the English Novel)
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