Memory Loss, Gender and the Politics of Care–on and off the Screen

This is a long-range project, building on research I have done over the years, dating back at least to an essay I wrote for a stunning 1995 conference on Women and Age organized by Kathleen Woodward, who was then Director of the famous U Milwaukee Center for Twentieth Century Studies. The paper, “Trauma and Aging: Marlene Diedrich, Melanie Klein, and Marguerite Duras,” was published in Woodward’s edited collection FIGURING AGE: WOMEN, BODIES GENERATIONS (Indiana U Press, 1999, pp.171-194). I have written several other essays in various anthologies dealing with how aging women are represented in literature, journalism (especially advertizing) and film.

The new work focuses on dementia from interdisciplinary perspectives, including Trauma Studies, psychology, neuroscience. I continue to learn from (and critique) representations in literature and film and from the way discourses circulate in the public sphere. Age Studies as a newish field is booming, and important work on dementia and the politics of care is also flourishing.

I uploaded a paper (still only a draft) to a few weeks ago, and I will upload to this site as soon as I can. The paper is being reworked as part of a long research essay, co-authored by myself and Sally Chivers, on “Memory Loss, Age Panic, and Discourses of Care.” This is an invited entry for the Oxford Research Encylopedia for Communication.