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Pamela H. Gravagne teaches courses on age and gender studies from both a theoretical and a cultural perspective at the University of New Mexico, USA. She is founder of Wise and Wonderful Older Women, a group that advocates for increased educational and employment opportunities for the elderly. She lives in Sandia Park New Mexico.
"Gravagne has produced a lively and timely conversation among theoretical inquiry, popular cinema, and cultural narratives of aging"--Age Culture Humanities; "stimulating"--Journal of Popular Film and Television; "Cutting edge theory written in clear prose, The Becoming of Age delivers deft, multi-layer analyses of the ways in which aging and old age are constructed in contemporary film. Gravagne's critique blends a wide range of critical models, brilliantly exposing layer after layer of age-based ideologies and praxis in popular films, then exploring how each film reflects, supports, and resists the ageist stereotypes of its cultural context. An impressive, illuminating investigation."--Leni Marshall, University of Wisconsin-Stout; "This book is an eye-opening, critical engagement with the way that cinematic representations of aging have the power not only to shape but also to change the entire way we think about aging."--Thomas Cole, University of Texas, author of The Journey of Life: A Cultural History of Aging in America; "This book is an outstanding contribution to film studies, to gerontology, and to American studies."--Margaret Cruikshank, University of Maine, author of Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture and Aging.