Drunk the Night Before: An Anatomy of Intoxication

Drunk the Night Before: An Anatomy of Intoxication

by Marty Roth
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0816643970

ISBN-13: 9780816643974

Pub. Date: 06/07/2005

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

This innovative work traces the cultural history of convivial drinking before the concept of addiction overshadowed intoxication's reputation as a creative, philosophical, and spiritual force. Marty Roth's Drunk the Night Before illustrates altered consciousness from myth to contemporary life, laying bare the behaviors and beliefs, sacred and secular, invested in

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This innovative work traces the cultural history of convivial drinking before the concept of addiction overshadowed intoxication's reputation as a creative, philosophical, and spiritual force. Marty Roth's Drunk the Night Before illustrates altered consciousness from myth to contemporary life, laying bare the behaviors and beliefs, sacred and secular, invested in intoxication.

From the days of antiquity to the twentieth century, Roth follows the often veiled language of intoxication through religion and aesthetics, poetry and art, popular festivals and film. In this sweeping work, he examines the cultural roots of love potions and the fountain of youth, drunkenness in Hollywood cinema, the religious concept of a spiritual high versus the condemnation of intoxication. Roth reinvigorates the currently rebuffed connection between intoxication and artistic creativity, taking up by turn the poet Anacreon and the canon of drink poetry-from classical Greek to the European lyric, Euripides' Bacchae and the figure of Socrates in Plato's Symposium, the heavy investment of Western philosophy in intoxication, and the concepts of the carnivalesque in Friedrich Nietzsche and Mikhail Bakhtin.

At once deeply erudite and irresistibly congenial, this encyclopedic work makes critical sense of the long history of alcohol as potion and poison, as pharmakon and catalyst, revealing altered states as the hidden thread in the story of sensation and Western cultural consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816643974
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
06/07/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxiii
1The Mysteries of Intoxication1
2Drink Poetry; or, The Art of Feeling Very, Very Good13
3Double Dionysus: Ambiguities in the Discourse of Intoxication37
4Socrates Undrunk: Literature Writing Philosophy in Plato's Symposium47
5"Out, loathed med'cine! O hated potion, hence!": The Magic of Literary Drinks59
6Spiritual Intoxication and the Metaphorics of Heaven77
7Drinking in Style: A Horatian Aesthetic99
8Carnival, Creativity, and the Sublimation of Drunkenness139
Notes155
Works Cited187
Publication History217
Index219

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