Publication Date

April 2015

Advisor(s)

Megan Glick

Major

American Studies (AMST), Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This project challenges exclusions and erasures in queer theory concerning aging in later life. I elucidate tendencies to overlook older populations while asking why their unique spatiotemporal orientation, at the far end of the human life course, and the embodied temporalities this orientation engenders, are often ignored and unaddressed in queer theories of time. I contend that growing old is not a process of ontological stagnation, but a queer unbecoming and rebecoming of the self that deviates from narratives of desirable maturation and challenges us to rethink not only what constitutes queer time but what makes a valuable and viable human life.

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