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Connecting Childhood and Old Age in Popular Media

Vanessa Joosen

Abstract

Media narratives in popular culture often ascribe interchangeable characteristics to childhood and old age. In the manner of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson’s Metaphors We Live By, the authors in this volume envision the presumed semblance between children and the elderly as a root metaphor that finds succinct articulation in the idea that “children are like old people” and vice versa. The volume explores the recurrent use of this root metaphor in literature and media from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The authors demonstrate how it shapes and is reinforced by a spectrum of media p ... More

Keywords: age studies, childhood, old age, popular media, cognitive studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496815163
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496815163.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vanessa Joosen, editor
University of Antwerp