Aging Heroes: Portrayals in Media and Popular Culture
Bob Batchelor and Norma Jones, editors of Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), are calling for proposals for essays to be included in an upcoming anthology focused on aging and older adults in media and popular culture.
Portrayals of aging in media and popular culture are influential in perceptions of and interactions with older Americans. Also, these portrayals may impact the daily lives of aging adults.
More recently, as the aging population grows, some portrayals of older Americans in media are becoming more multi-dimensional. Also, more aging male and female actors are taking leading roles in movies as well as collaborating in ensemble films. These films and franchises include Expendables, Gran Torino, Red, Space Cowboys, Taken, Mamma Mia, Wild Hogs, and X-Men.
Issues surrounding aging and growing older in America are complex, especially with the surge of new and alternative portrayals. Thus, in this anthology, the editors hope to further explore and complicate portrayals of older adults (as aging heroes) in popular culture.
Essays should, in some manner, contribute to understandings of how aging Americans are portrayed, as well as how they might empower and/or constrain older adults. For example, instead of conforming to some existing stereotypes, how might new portrayals of aging re-articulate what it means to be an older American?
The topics below provide general direction for possible chapters, but individual authors may adapt them to fit their interests. The editors also welcome proposals for related topics:
-- Fathers and Grandfathers; Mothers and Grandmothers
-- Aging in animation
-- New Stereotypes of Aging
-- Rambo, Rocky, and Barney Ross
-- Aging women of film, television, and literature
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For submissions, please include:
-- a tentative chapter title
-- brief synopsis/proposal of your approach
-- and your C.V.
Deadline for proposals:
February 17, 2014
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Kent State University Email: email@example.com
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