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Discourses of Ageing in Fiction and Feminism

The Invisible Woman


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Becoming Visible

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jeannette King
      Pages 39-53
  3. The 1960s and After

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Jeannette King
      Pages 101-130
  4. The 1990s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Jeannette King
      Pages 146-171
  5. Conclusion: Shaking a Leg at Age

    1. Jeannette King
      Pages 172-183
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 184-221

About this book


This book explores the way older women are represented in society. Through close readings of novels by major 20th century novelists, compared with the more dominant representations of female ageing to be found in popular culture it suggests that they offer a feminist understanding of the 'invisible' woman sometimes lacking in feminism itself.


20th century Close reading culture feminism fiction novel society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of AberdeenUK

About the authors

JEANNETTE KING is Emeritus Professor in English at the University of Aberdeen, UK. Having taught part-time for many years for the Open University while bringing up her children, she moved into Further Education before becoming a Lecturer in Women's Studies in the Department of English at Aberdee in 1995 where she taught until her retirement.

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