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The Resource Equivocal spirits: alcoholism and drinking in twentieth-century literature

Equivocal spirits: alcoholism and drinking in twentieth-century literature

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Equivocal spirits: alcoholism and drinking in twentieth-century literature
Title
Equivocal spirits: alcoholism and drinking in twentieth-century literature
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Of the eight American Nobel Prize winners in literature, three--Sinclair Lewis, Eugene O'Neill and William Faulkner--were alcoholic drinkers, and two--Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck--were hard drinkers. Almost all critical comment about these writers has treated their drinking habits a somehow separate from their work. Thomas Gilmore argues that the result is neither good biography nor good literary criticism. He shows how the drinking and the work can each shed light on the other. Although readers and critics acknowledge that many modern writers tend to be heavy drinkers, [title] is the first full-length study of drinking as it is depicted in literature, both by writers who have had drinking problems and those who have not. This interdisciplinary study of science and literature explores the ways scientific knowledge of alcoholism may enlighten the reader as well as the means by which literature may confirm, intensify, dramatize, extend, and occasionally even challenge empirical studies. Examining the work of Malcom Lowry, Evelyn Waugh, Eugene O'Neill, John Cheever, Saul BEllow, F. Scot Fitzgerald, John Berryman, Kingsley Amis, and George Orwell, Gilmore evaluates the major genres of modern literature--drama, poetry, the short story, the novel--for the distinctive portrayals of drinking or alcoholism. He argues that good literature resists stereotyping the alcoholic and portrays instead a figure divided into a welter of conflicting feelings. Gilmore shows that literature conveys the complex struggle in a fictional character or in a real person in a way that science--which must be diagnostic, analytical, and objective--cannot."--Cover [p. 4]
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UkLiU
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Gilmore, Thomas B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • American literature
  • Alcoholism in literature
  • Alcoholics in literature
  • Drinking in literature
  • English fiction
  • Amis, Kingsley
  • Bellow, Saul
  • Berryman, John
  • Cheever, John
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott
  • Lowry, Malcolm
  • O'Neill, Eugene
  • Orwell, George
  • Waugh, Evelyn
Label
Equivocal spirits: alcoholism and drinking in twentieth-century literature
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The place of hallucinations in 'Under the Volcano' -- Brideshead revisited: Sebastian's alcoholism as a spiritual illness -- The iceman cometh and the anatomy of alcoholism -- Drinking and society in the fiction of John Cheever -- Albee's drinking: Bellow's The victim -- The winding road to Pat Hobby: Fitzgerald confronts alcoholism -- John Berryman and drinking: from jest to sober earnest -- Jim, Jake, and Gordon: alcohol and comedy
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 226 pages
Isbn
9780807817261
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Equivocal spirits: alcoholism and drinking in twentieth-century literature
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The place of hallucinations in 'Under the Volcano' -- Brideshead revisited: Sebastian's alcoholism as a spiritual illness -- The iceman cometh and the anatomy of alcoholism -- Drinking and society in the fiction of John Cheever -- Albee's drinking: Bellow's The victim -- The winding road to Pat Hobby: Fitzgerald confronts alcoholism -- John Berryman and drinking: from jest to sober earnest -- Jim, Jake, and Gordon: alcohol and comedy
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 226 pages
Isbn
9780807817261
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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