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Conditioned Identities

Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities

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Edited By Flocel Sabaté

This book contains selected papers from the meeting «Conditioned Identities. Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities», held in the Institute of Research in Identities and Society (University of Lleida) in 2013 and attended by participants representing different disciplines, discussing the imposition and acceptance of identities. The different chapters of the book, written by scholars and researchers from all over the world, analyse the conflict between attributed and chosen identities in History, Language, Literature, Sociology and Anthropology across various historical periods and geographical regions. Theoretical and practical studies are combined in order to contribute to a renewal of perspectives regarding a key issue for understanding the roots of our current society and the problems surrounding conviviality in today’s world.
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Alternative futures: Ageing and Identity in Contemporary Women’s Writing

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Sarah FALCUS

Huddersfield University

“I must learn to grow old before I die”1.

The statement forming the epigraph to this paper2 is made by Candida Wilson, a woman in her sixties, in Margaret Drabble’s 2002 novel, The Seven Sisters. This is a complex novel with an evasive narrative structure that is based upon lies and omissions. Ostensibly the tale of the retracing of the steps of Aeneas in The Aeneid, mapping also a journey of self-discovery for the newly divorced Candida, this is actually a novel in which this bald statement is perhaps the only lesson. Candida does not gain wisdom, find a new romance, or effect some sort of spiritual growth. She realises only that she must learn how to grow old.

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