Volume 11 Winter 2014
Special issue on Ageing and Fiction
edited by Emma Filtness, Nick Hubble, Joseph Norman and Serena Volpi
This issue collects selected papers from the "New Cultures of Ageing" Conference, hosted by Brunel University London on the 8 and 9 of April 2011. The conference was part of the Fiction and the Cultural Mediation of Ageing Project (FCMAP) that was led by a research team from Brunel consisting of Professor Philip Tew, Dr Nick Hubble and Dr Jago Morrison and ran from 1 May 2009 until 31 January 2012 in collaboration with Demos, the Mass Observation Archive (MOA) and the University of the Third Age (U3A). FCMAP was part of the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) programme. The topics covered in this issue include representations of ageing in literary texts by Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Sebastian Barry, Margaret Atwood and Philip Roth; "storying" Alzheimer’s disease; ageing in vampire fiction; ageing in the science fiction of Iain M Banks; and an article on the FCMAP project and the narrative understanding of ageing of U3A and MO participants.