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    Novels of ripening: The maturation of the bildungsroman
    (Bloomsbury, 2023-06-29) Schrage-Frueh, Michaela; O'Neill, Margaret
    This chapter explores how the Bildungsroman, originally associated with young protagonists’ coming-of-age, has been revised in recent fiction to incorporate the continuing development and growth of characters well beyond their youth and into old age. We provide a brief overview of the development of the genre, including sub-genres such as the midlife progress novel, the Reifungsroman and the Vollendungsroman, as well as these sub-genres’ significance within critical ageing and gender studies. Our readings of Reifungsromane from recent Anglophone and European literature, arguably the predominant sub-genre, show how narratives of older characters’ development are informed by new perspectives on age and ageing, including the insights that perceptions of age are culturally constructed, and identity formation is a life-long process, as exemplified by the central motif of the journey. Just as growing older is not only a temporal process but also an inner experience involving a backward and forward gaze on one’s life course, recent Reifungsromane disrupt linear time through narrative experimentation, including interior monologue, life review and reminiscence. In so doing they are well suited to narrate the complex, subjective experience of ageing in specific contexts, and thus to counterbalance the cultural narrative of ageing as decline.
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    "Struck with Ireland fever": Hugo Hamilton's Berlin trilogy
    (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2019) Schrage-Frueh, Michaela
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    "Embarking, Not Dying": Clare Boylan's Beloved Stranger as Reifungsroman
    (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) Schrage-Frueh, Michaela
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    Introduction
    (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) McGlynn, Cathy; O'Neill, Margaret; Schrage-Frueh, Michaela
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    Surplus to requirements? The ageing body in contemporary Irish writing
    (Routledge, 2020-12-31) O'Neill, Margaret; Schrage-Frueh, Michaela
    The dramatic rise and fall of Ireland s economy over the past three decades has brought substantial changes to social life. Against this backdrop, the nature, experience, and representation of ageing have evolved to meet the ideal constructions of contemporary capitalist society. The drive towards production and consumerism elevates the young, fit, and healthy. Despite representing an increasingly large proportion of the population, the old are perceived through narratives of decline, facing marginalisation, exclusion, and invisibility. Irish writing is increasingly speaking back against such ageist social assumptions by foregrounding subjective, embodied experiences of ageing, from midlife through to deep old age
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    The aging contemporary: Aging families and generational connections in Irish writing
    (Cambridge University Press, 2020-09) O'Neill, Margaret; Schrage-Frueh, Michaela
    In a youth-driven society such as Ireland, older adults may well find themselves marginalized by institutionalized ageism and figured as outsiders in the cultural imagination. Rather than static concepts of age, however, new patterns are emerging in post-Celtic Tiger Irish literature in its representations of aging. Read within the interdisciplinary framework of cultural gerontology, the narratives of aging explored in this chapter reveal recent changes among the middle-aged and older characters views on, as well as their place within, Irish society and culture. These works spanning drama, poetry and fiction illuminate the complexities of later life, informed by declining health and experiences of loss, while at the same time highlighting generational interdependencies. Crucially, they avoid the nuclear family as a symbol on which to model the nation, urging readers to embrace new notions of the Irish family, ones that might adjust to accommodate and incorporate better the experiences of growing old.
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    Reading Seán O'Casey in the GDR
    (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2019-08-31) Byrnes, Deirdre
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    "Unter schläfernden Lidern" Dämmerzustände in Rainer Maria Rilkes später Lyrik
    (Königshausen und Neumann, 2017) Pusse, Tina-Karen; |~|
    [No abstract available]