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Gerontologisches in Literatur und Poetik

Franz K. Stanzel
AAA: Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Vol. 29, No. 1 (2004), pp. 3-21
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43025717
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

The Berlin Aging Study comprises a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines, it does not include literary evidence nor does it consider poetics as a possibly viable approach to gerontology. This article tries to suggest how this situation could be remedied. The first part contains a swift survey of how aged people have been presented in the history of literature. In the second part the author offers the hypothesis that certain analogies between innovations in modern and postmodern poetry and characteristic changes in the linguistic competence of aged people can be observed. Roman Jacobson's distinction between metonymic and metaphoric types of aphasia is used to bridge the gap between poetics and gerontology. Another section of the paper discusses the still unexplored question whether the mental and emotional situation of Morbus-Alzheimer patients can ever be adequately presented in literature.

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