Reading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing Old by William L. RandallReading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing Old by William L. Randall

Reading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing Old

byWilliam L. Randall, Elizabeth McKim

Hardcover | June 15, 2008

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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.
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 Psychology...
Title:Reading Our Lives: The Poetics of Growing OldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195306872

ISBN - 13:9780195306873


Editorial Reviews

.,."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