Aging Heroes: Growing Old In Popular Culture by Norma JonesAging Heroes: Growing Old In Popular Culture by Norma Jones

Aging Heroes: Growing Old In Popular Culture

EditorNorma Jones, Bob BatchelorContribution byJace Allen

Hardcover | May 6, 2015

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Despite the increasing number and variety of older characters appearing in film, television, comics, and other popular culture, much of the understanding of these figures has been limited to outdated stereotypes of aging. These include depictions of frailty, resistance to modern life, and mortality. More importantly, these stereotypes influence the daily lives of aging adults, as well as how younger generations perceive and interact with older individuals. In light of our graying population and the growing diversity of portrayals of older characters in popular culture, it is important to examine how we understand aging.In Aging Heroes: Growing Old in Popular Culture, Norma Jones and Bob Batchelor present a collection of essays that address the increasing presence of characters that simultaneously manifest and challenge the accepted stereotypes of aging. The contributors to this volume explore representations in television programs, comic books, theater, and other forms of media. The chapters include examinations of aging male and female actors who take on leading roles in such movies as Gran Torino, Grudge Match, Escape Plan, Space Cowboys, Taken, and The Big Lebowski as well as The Expendables, Red, and X-Men franchises. Other chapters address perceptions of masculinity, sexuality, gender, and race as manifested by such cultural icons as Superman, Wonder Woman, Danny Trejo, Helen Mirren, Betty White, Liberace, and Tyler Perry's Madea.With multi-disciplinary and accessible essays that encompass the expanding spectrum of aging and related stereotypes, this book offers a broader range of new ways to understand, perceive, and think about aging. Aging Heroes will be of interest to scholars of film, television, gender studies, women's studies, sociology, aging studies, and media studies, as well as to general readers.
Norma Jones is the coeditor of Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture and Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). Bob Batchelor, a noted cultural historian, is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including: The 1900s, The 1980s, The 2000s, Am...
Title:Aging Heroes: Growing Old In Popular CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 9.18 × 6.29 × 0.9 inPublished:May 6, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction On the Silver Screen: Aging Heroes in Film GenresTwilight Heroes: Old Age and Unfinished Business in Four "Heartland" FilmsCynthia J. MillerGolden Agers, Recluses and John Wayne: Aging Stereotypes and Aging Heroes in Movie WesternsMei-Chen Lin and Paul HaridakisAAADRRIAAN! I'll Be Baaaaaack! Schwarzenegger and Stallone as Aging Action HeroesNorma JonesUnder the Wide and Starry Sky: Hollywood and Aging Astronauts, 1996-2000A. Bowdoin Van RiperDiversity Concerns: Sexuality, Race and GenderQueering Aging? Representations of Liberace's Intimate Life in HBO's Behind the CandelabraGust A. Yep, Ryan Lescure, and Jace AllenOvercoming the Villainous Monster: The Beginnings of Heroic Gay Male AgingDustin Bradley GoltzThe Power of Performance: Tyler Perry's Madea as Village Sage and SuperwomanCarlos D. Morrison, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, and Ayoleke D. Okeowo"Not bad for an abuela, eh?" The representation of the power of age in Maya & MiguelEmily S. Kinsky and Amanda GallagherBabes and Crones: Women Growing Old in ComicsCaryn E. NeumannBeing a Man? Masculinity and Aging HeroesAging Masculinity in Popular Culture: The Case of Mad Men's Roger SterlingPatrice M. Buzzanell and Suzy D'EnbeauAging Superheroes: Retirement and Return in Kingdom Come and Old Man LoganNathan MiczoMr. Incredible, the Man-of-Action, The Man-of-Power: What If He Loses It All?Itir Erhart and Hande Eslen-Ziya"He has to be good. The Airline Won't Settle for Less:" Gender, Age, and the Trope of the Male Pilot in AdvertisingGuilliaume de SyonReal to Reel: Individuals Aging On and Off the Screen Helen Mirren and the Media Portrayals of Aging: Women's Sexuality Concealed and RevealedBarbara Cook Overton, Athena du Pré, and Loretta L. PecchioniHellraiser, Dandy, Eccentric: The Evolving Star Persona of Peter O'Toole in the 1980s and BeyondAnna Thompson HajdikThe Betty White Moment: The Rhetoric of Constructing Aging and SexualityKathleen TurnerThe Re-characterization of Age and the Aging Bricoleur: Danny Trejo's Reinvention of Aging in ActingSalvador Jimenez-MurguiaIndexAbout the Editors and Contributors