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Title: Visible women : tales of age, gender and in/visibility
Author: Bell, Jennifer
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 3514
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2010
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This is a reflective, questioning, subjective, self-indulgent and often moving narrative and poetic exploration of the experiences of women growing older and not disappearing. Questions posed - and not necessarily answered - include: What is behind the stories of older women becoming invisible and disregarded? How true are they? Where do they come from? What do they mean - to women and 'society'? How might they be challenged? What other stories can be told? Starting with a search for the anecdotal and mythical 'invisible woman', the writer's own story is woven into, and becomes part of, the journey. This initially takes us through the landscape of feminist and poststructuralist theory, existentialism, autobiography, journalism, fictional writing, art, films, poetry, the internet and much more. In examining the bones of the tales of invisibility, the writer is motivated by indignation as much as curiosity. The major part of this work is the poetic representation of the thoughts and lives of eight older women (between 50 and 70) drawn from the lengthy individual and group email correspondence between the writer and her co-researchers. Each of us is named and pictured. Our conclusion is to call ourselves `The Visibles'.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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