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The Victorians and Old Age

Karen Chase


This book examines old age as it was culturally constructed in the 19th century. It begins with the agitated relations set in motion when the increasing number of elderly people unable to provide adequately for themselves found it necessary to contend with sciences which would classify them, arts which would represent them, and a state which was slow to adopt measures of support. The book analyzes illuminating moments in these relations which are displayed variously in narrative form, social policy and cultural attitudes. It considers the centrality of institutions and of the generational divi ... More

Keywords: classification, generation, institutions, statistics, portraiture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199564361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Chase, author
Professor of English, University of Virginia
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