1st Edition

Creativity in Later Life
Beyond Late Style





ISBN 9780367582494
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

This collection begins with two premises: that our understanding of the nature and forms of creativity in later life remains limited and that dialogue between specialists in gerontology, the arts and humanities can produce the crucial new insights that are so obviously needed. Representing the outcome of ongoing dialogue across the disciplinary divide, the contributions of this volume reflect anew on what we share and how we differ; creating new narratives so as to build an understanding of late-life creativity that goes far beyond the narrow confines of the pervasively received idea of ‘late style’.





Creativity in Later Life encompasses a range of personal reflections and discussions of the boundaries of creativity, including:









  • Canonical artistic achievements to community art projects






  • Narratives of carers for those living with dementia






  • Analyses of creative theory






Through these insightful chapters, the authors consequently offer an understanding of creativity in later life as varied, socialised and - above all - located in the cultural and economic circumstances of the here and now.



 



This title will appeal to academics, practitioners and students in the various gerontological, arts and humanities fields; and to anyone with an interest in the nature of creativity in later life and the forms it takes.

Table of Contents

Introduction



David Amigoni and Gordon McMullan





 



The challenges of late-life creativity









  1. Imagining otherwise: the disciplinary identity of gerontology




  2. Ruth Ray







  3. The singing voice in late life




  4. Jane Manning







  5. Creative ageing: the social policy challenge




  6. Susan Hogan and Emily Bradfield





     



    Rethinking late style







  7. Turner’s last works and his critics




  8. Sam Smiles







  9. Constructing a late style for David Bowie: old age, late-life creativity, popular culture




  10. Gordon McMullan







  11. An ‘old man in the dimming world’: Theodor Adorno, Derek Walcott and a defence of the idea of late style




  12. Robert Spencer





     



    The varieties of late-life creativity







  13. Late-life creativity: assessing the value of theatre in later life




  14. Miriam Bernard and Michelle Rickett







  15. Late-life creativity: methods for understanding arts-




  16. generated social capital in the lives of older people



    Jackie Reynolds







  17. ‘It’s play, really, isn’t it?’: dress, creativity, old age




  18. Hannah Zeilig and Anna-Marie Almira







  19. Visual diaries, creativity and everyday life




  20. Wendy Martin and Katy Pilcher







  21. Self, civic engagement and late-life creativity




  22. Angela Glendenning







    Narrating dementia







  23. A critical narrative on late-life creativity and dementia: integrating citizenship, embodiment and relationality




  24. Pia Kontos and Alisa Grigorovich







  25. ‘The artistry of it all’: narrating The Tempest, dementia and the mapping of identity in a Manchester extrincare housing scheme




  26. Liz Postlethwaite







  27. Terry Pratchett’s Living with Alzheimer’s as a case study in late-life creativity




  28. Martina Zimmerman







  29. Narratives as talking therapy: research with Sikh carers of a family member with dementia in Wolverhampton




  30. Karan Jutlla





     



    Old age, creativity and the late city







  31. ‘Work, work, work and full steam ahead’: Ian McKay and the conserving radicalism of the Gorton Visual Art Group, public artists in later life




  32. John Miles







  33. The late Peter Rice: late-style stories of ageing and the city in A Bright Past for Stoke on Trent


David Amigoni







 



 



 

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Biography

David Amigoni is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Enterprise and Professor of Victorian Literature at Keele University, UK





Gordon McMullan is Professor of English at King’s College London, UK; and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre