Skip navigation
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorEngland, Suzanne-
dc.contributor.authorRust, Martha-
dc.descriptionPaper presented at Theorizing Age, Maastricht, ND, Oct. 4, 2011en
dc.description.abstractInspired by William F. May’s writings on the vices and virtues of the elderly we offer our reflections on his ideas as they are revealed by Muriel Spark’s novel, Memento Mori.. May argues that exempting the old from moral criticism positions them as “moral nonentities” and relieves the old, their caretakers, and society of moral responsibility. We, the coauthors of this paper, are from two different disciplines, namely Renaissance and medieval literature (Martha Rust), and social work and critical gerontology (Suzanne England). We offer our individual readings of the ways the novel illustrates May’s ideas, and conclude with our thoughts about how our collaboration opened up space in our own thinking and for continuing cross-disciplinary dialogue.en
dc.subjectAgeing, aging theory, old age, death, memento mori, Muriel Spark, narrative, interdisciplinary, caregiving, dependency, nursing home, elderly, frailty, memory decline, domestic space, morality, moral development, moral career, virtues, vices, institutions, self agency, critical gerontology, medieval studies, elder care systems, gender, class, will, gerontologist, ethicsen
dc.titleSweet Old things and Dirty Old Men: The Vices and Virtues of Old Age in Muriel Spark's Memnto Morien
Appears in Collections:Suzanne England's Collection

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Sweet Old Things and Dirty Old Men [England and Rust] submission.docxpaper submitted to International Journal of Ageing and Later Life 12/1/11127.06 kBUnknownView/Open

Items in FDA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.