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Flaming Embers

Literary Testimonies on Ageing and Desire

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Edited By Nela Bureu Ramos

Desire in the broadest sense, as a form of generous self-assertion should ideally increase with the passage of time as we gradually acquire deeper insight into ourselves and others. Prescriptive cultural stereotypes, however, put obstacles on our path to progress as individuation. Yet growing older should not entail renunciation of the singularity of personal fulfilment.
This volume is a collection of literary testimonies to the power of art to challenge and resist the social constraints on desire in the context of aging. In the essays, men and women claim their right to age in desire and imaginative vigour.

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NELA BUREU RAMOS Introduction: The Aching of Desire ...................................................... 7 EMMA DOMÍNGUEZ RUÉ A Woman’s Worth: Perceptions of Desire in Mature Women in Ellen Glasgow’s Short Fiction ......................... 23 MARKUS M. MÜLLER Back to the Body: ‘Fantastic’ Old Women and Pleasure Regained in Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms and Suzette Mayr’s The Widows .................... 39 BILLY GRAY ‘Your stay must be a becoming’: Ageing and Desire in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace .................................. 67 CARMEN ZAMORANO LLENA ‘The figures of the far past come back at the end’: Unmasking the Desired Self through Reminiscence in Late Adulthood in John Banville’s The Sea ................................... 87 GENE WALZ Desire and Aging in Manitoba Movies ............................................. 113 ISABEL SANTAULÀRIA I CAPDEVILA From Forajidos to Misfits: Desiring Old Times in Deadwood ......... 137 6 Table of Contents RACHED KHALIFA ‘I am unbroken’: Aging, Ireland, and Political Desire in W.B. Yeats .......................................................... 161 BRIAN WORSFOLD Spur or Pitfall? Aged Men’s Desire in Philip Roth’s Everyman (2006), André Brink’s Before I Forget (2004), and Zakes Mda’s The Whale Caller (2005) ...................................... 187 MARICEL ORÓ PIQUERAS The Indian Rebirth of the English Retired in Deborah Moggach’s These Foolish Things ...................................... 205 DENNIS COOLEY “what it was I knew my father felt, what I felt”: hidden grief / unspoken desire in Robert Kroetsch’s Seed Catalogue .................... 219 ELENA PÉREZ SERRANO The ICM (Irish Catholic Mammy) and the Desire for Self-Reinvention in the Walsh Series ......................................... 275 NÚRIA CASADO GUAL Who Is ‘the Other within’? Exploring the Kaleidoscope of Internal Alterity through Laurent Cantet’s and Kevin Rodney Sullivan’s...

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