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Reading our lives : the poetics of growing old

Author: William Lowell Randall; A Elizabeth McKim
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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Against the background of Socrates' insight that the unexamined life is not worth living, Reading Our Lives 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Lowell Randall; A Elizabeth McKim
ISBN: 9780195306873 0195306872
OCLC Number: 167503345
Description: xi, 327 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Rethinking aging : the story of my life --
Narrating experience : the autobiographical self --
Storying life : the development of identity --
Reading literature : the interpreting of text --
Reading life : the interpreting of texistence --
Restorying our lives : the need for narrative development --
Expanding our stories : the mystery of memory --
Examining our stories : the quest for meaning --
Transforming our stories : the unfolding of wisdom --
Transcending our stories : the poetics of spiritual aging.
Responsibility: William L. Randall, A. Elizabeth McKim.
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Against the background of Socrates' insight that the unexamined life is not worth living, Reading Our Lives 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. --From publisher's description.

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