Connecting Childhood and Old Age in Popular Media

Edited by Vanessa Joosen

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 18 b&w illustrations, 6 tables, index

9781496815163 Printed casebinding $65.00S

Printed casebinding, $65.00

Penetrating analysis of what it means in literature, film, animation, and advertising to act your age, or not

Media narratives in popular culture often assign interchangeable characteristics to childhood and old age, presuming a resemblance between children and the elderly. These designations in media can have farreaching repercussions in shaping not only language, but also cognitive activity and behavior. The meaning attached to biological, numerical age--even the mere fact that we calculate a numerical age at all--is culturally determined, as is the way people "act their age."

With populations aging all around the world, awareness of intergenerational relationships and associations surrounding old age is becoming urgent. Connecting Childhood and Old Age in Popular Media caters to this urgency and contributes to age literacy by supplying insights into the connection between childhood and senescence to show that people are aged by culture.

Treating classic stories like the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales and Heidi; pop culture hits like The Simpsons and Mad Men; and international productions, such as Turkish television cartoons and South Korean films, contributors explore the recurrent idea that "children are like old people," as well as other relationships between children and elderly characters as constructed in literature and media from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. This volume deals with fiction and analyzes language as well as verbally sparse, visual productions, including children's literature, film, television, animation, and advertising.

Vanessa Joosen, Antwerp, Belgium, is professor of English literature and children's literature at the University of Antwerp. She is author of Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales, which won an ALA Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Publication. She is coeditor, with Gillian Lathey, of Grimm's Tales around the Globe, which received the Children's Literature Association Honor Award for Edited Book.

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 18 b&w illustrations, 6 tables, index