Fiction and the Cultural Mediation of Ageing
Professor Philip Tew, Dr Nick Hubble and Dr Jago Morrison of the Brunel Centre for Creative Writing (BCCW), based in the School of Arts, have been awarded funding for their project Fiction and the Cultural Mediation of Ageing (FCMAP) as part of the cross council New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) programme. The project involves extensive collaboration between the BCCW, the Third Age Trust, the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex and the think-tank Demos. Groups of older readers have been set up across University of the Third Age districts in London in order to read and discuss postwar novels featuring different representations of ageing. Prominent authors such as David Lodge and Jim Crace have agreed to be interviewed and meet reading group members. A directive on books, book groups and representations of ageing has been commissioned for the Mass Observation panel
FCMAP will employ an innovative methodological ‘bricolage,’ using established techniques from the social sciences and humanities. Critical and analytical research will draw upon the various qualitative data produced to address issues of ageing and its cultural signification in terms of readership, authorship, social attitudes and agency. The project outcomes, including a series of public writer/reader events, an international conference, associated academic publications and a major public policy report, are expected to have significant real-world impact.
Further details of the project can be found on the NDA website and via the links on the left of this page.