Forskningsprojekt: Ageing and Gender in Contemporary Literary Creation in English

Billy Gray
Carmen Zamorano Llena
Núria Casado Gual, University of Lleida, Spain
Emma Domínguez Rué, University of Lleida, Spain
Carmen Farré Vidal, Department of English and Linguistics University of Lleida, Spain
Marta Miquel Baldellou, University of Lleida, Spain
Maricel Oró Piqueras, University of Lleida, Spain
Maria Vidal Grau, University of Lleida, Spain
Brian Worsfold, University of Lleida, Spain
This project will analyse the effects deriving from longevity and gender identity through the study of a number of contemporary women authors with an international dimension who have continued to write in their over-60s. In particular, our research will centre on the late writing of American, British and Irish women authors representative of advanced and aging societies like our own and it will seek an answer to questions such as: What changes in the writing process of a woman author in her late age? What thematic or formal changes are observed that may also contribute to a new phase of experimentation in late age? Up to what point can these changes differ from those presented in the work of men writers of similar age and situation? In what way can literary creation modify individual and socio-cultural perceptions of the women writers' identity as a woman in late age? Beyond the literary field, our project will seek to undermine stereotypes of passivity which often have been associated with late-aging and with women. For this reason, our research will also be useful in other fields of study, such as gerontology, psychology and sociology, and in each of these disciplines from the perspective of gender studies.
Interkulturella studier
Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness