Language, Religion, and Learning to Embrace the Human Lifecourse


  • Seth Jace Dornisch University of Massachusetts Amherst


Embracing Age is a masterful ethnography of convent life illuminating the linguistic, psychological, and cultural processes that shape the late-life experiences of Franciscan sisters in the American midwest. It is a 188-page, soft-cover volume in the Global Perspectives on Aging series, edited by Sarah Lamb. The author, Dr. Anna Corwin, a linguistic and psychological anthropologist, draws from a decade of ethnographic visits to the assisted living and infirmary halls of a Catholic convent to unveil the sociolinguistic and historical contexts that support nuns’ well-being through the lifecourse.

Author Biography

Seth Jace Dornisch, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Seth Dornisch is a PhD student in Biocultural Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research focuses on well-being through life course transitions, particularly on the role of religion, place, and materiality in late-life and death. He is a licensed speech-language pathologist specialized in gerontology.


ANNA I. CORWIN, 2021, Embracing Age: How Catholic Nuns Became Models of Aging Well. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 180 pp., ISBN 978-1-9788-2227-6