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Reading Our Lives


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Part One: Reading Our Lives: Poetics Explored 1: Rethinking Aging: The Story of My Life 2: Narrating Experience: The Autobiographical Self 3: Storying Lives: The Development of Identity 4: Reading Literature: The Interpreting of Text 5: Reading Life: The Interpreting of Texistence Part Two: Growing Old: Poetics Applied 6: Restorying Our Lives: The Need for Narrative Development 7: Expanding Our Stories: The Mystery of Memory 8: Examining Our Stories: The Quest for Meaning 9: Transforming Our Stories: The Unfolding of Wisdom 10: Transcending Our Stories: The Poetics of Spiritual Aging

About the Author

William L. Randall, EdD, is Associate Professor of Gerontology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Author of The Stories We Are and co-author, with Gary Kenyon, of Restorying Our Lives and Ordinary Wisdom, his ideas on narrative and human development have been published in such journals as Theory & Psychology, Narrative Inquiry, and the Journal of Aging Studies. A. Elizabeth McKim, PhD, is Associate Professor of English, also at St. Thomas University. Her areas of interest include poetic and narrative theory, cognitive poetics, and applied literature. Her scholarship on literature and medicine and literature and aging has been published in Literature & Medicine and Narrative Inquiry.


"...the book is geared toward those interested in the psychology of aging...[yet] its explorations into the neural basis of memory, especially autobiographical memory, make it a resource for cognitive neuroscientists as well. The prose-like style (as opposed to scientific language) extends the audience to those interested in the aging processes. Recommended."--Choice "...Reading Our Lives offers a philosophically grounded and neurobiologically sound perspective for examining late life. As such, it challenges the reader to bring this perspective to bear in understanding and helping the elderly patient."--The American Journal of Psychiatry

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