Reading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing Old

Hardcover | June 15, 2008

byWilliam L. Randall, Elizabeth McKim

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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 booklooks at aging as, potentially, a process of poeisis: 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, doingso 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 andspirituality: one that understands aging as a matter not merely of getting old but of consciously growing old.

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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 booklooks at aging as, potentially, a process of po...

William L. Randall, EdD, is Associate Professor of Gerontology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Author of The Stories We Are and co-author, with Gary Kenyon, of Restoring Our Lives and Ordinary Wisdom, his ideas on narrative and human development have been published in such journals as Theory and Psycholog...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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.,."the book is geared toward those interested in the psychology of aging...[yet] its explorations into the neural basis of memory, especially autobiographical memory, make it a resource for cognitive neuroscientists as well. The prose-like style (as opposed to scientific language) extends the audience to those interested in the aging processes. Recommended."--Choice