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Reading Our Lives
The Poetics of Growing Old
by William L. Randall, Elizabeth McKim
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- Author: William L. Randall, Elizabeth McKim
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
- Format: hardcover, 327 pages
- Release date: June 1, 2008
- ISBN: 9780195306873 (0195306872)
- Language: english
About The Book
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 book looks at aging as, potentially, a process of poiesis: 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, doing so 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 and spirituality: one that understands aging as a matter not merely of getting old but of consciously growing old.
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