Out of Time: The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing

Author(s): Professor Lynne Segal (Birkbeck College, London)

Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs

In Out of Time, leading thinker Lynne Segal examines her life and surveys the work and lives of other writers and artists to explore the pleasures and perils of growing old. Following in the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir - who in her mid-fifties mourned 'never again!' and yet was energetically writing in her sixties and seventies - Segal mixes memoir, literature and polemic to examine the inevitable consequences of staying alive. Who is that stranger who stares back from the mirror? What happens to ambition and sexuality? As millions of baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, these questions are becoming increasingly urgent. Must the old always be in conflict with the young? How can we deal with the inevitability of loss and find victory in survival? Brilliant, moving and challenging, Out of Time is an urgent and necessary corrective to the assumptions and taboos that constrain the lives of the aged.


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"In this courageous study, Lynne Segal addresses the vicissitudes of ageing, a process that lies in wait for us all. She turns on the subject a critical eye honed by social psychology, psychoanalysis, feminism and radical politics. An original, probing and unsettling exploration." - Stuart Hall, author of Representation "It's about time for a book like Out of Time, compassionate, seasoned, honest, and wise, which asks questions about age but aims to enlighten, rather than frighten us. Read on!" - Elaine Showalter, author of A Jury of Her Peers "An international treasure." - Barbara Ehrenreich "A unique capacity for clarity and wit, along with her courage of intellect." - Sheila Rowbotham "One of the most capacious readers of feminism and sexuality studies I have ever encountered." - Judith Butler "Passionate, lucid, and shockingly candid ... a clarion call to those who see feminism as a redundant cause." - Helen Walsh "A powerful manifesto for dealing with the march of time." - Yvonne Roberts, Observer "A reflective essay on perceptions of ageing." - Tessa Hadley, Guardian "...a wonderfully honest look into a subject everyone should be thinking about." - Pop Matters "So what does it mean to age gracefully? How is this done? These questions are at the centre of this thoughtful new book" - The Economist "An engaging exploration of the brutal realities for yesteryear's feminists." - Joan Bakewell, The Independent "A seriously thoughtful book about being old - engagingly and evocatively written." - Stina Lyon, Times Higher Education

Lynne Segal is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College. Her books include "Is the Future Female? Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism"; "Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men"; and" Straight Sex: Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure." She co-wrote "Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism" with Sheila Rowbotham and Hilary Wainwright.

General Fields

  • : 9781781682999
  • : Verso Books
  • : Verso Books
  • : 0.367
  • : May 2014
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Professor Lynne Segal (Birkbeck College, London)
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : Aug-14
  • : 305.26
  • : 320