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George Eliot and Intoxication: Dangerous Drugs for the Condition of England
     

George Eliot and Intoxication: Dangerous Drugs for the Condition of England

by Kathleen McCormack
 

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Throughout George Eliot's fiction, not only do a remarkable number of her characters act under the influence of unwise consumption of alcohol and opium, but these drugs also recur often as metaphors and allusions. Together, they create an extensive pattern of drug/disease references that represent sociopolitical problems as diseases in a social body and solutions to

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Throughout George Eliot's fiction, not only do a remarkable number of her characters act under the influence of unwise consumption of alcohol and opium, but these drugs also recur often as metaphors and allusions. Together, they create an extensive pattern of drug/disease references that represent sociopolitical problems as diseases in a social body and solutions to those problems (especially solutions that depend on some kind of written language) as volatile remedies that retain the potential to either kill or cure.

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McCormack (English, State U. System of Florida) examines Eliot's treatment of alcohol and opium consumption in her short stories and in the novels , , , and . She argues that Eliot used alcohol as a both a realist tool identifying actual conditions in society and as a metaphor connecting political, social, gender, psychological, medical, and aesthetic issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312227111
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/05/2000
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.85(h) x 0.86(d)

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Kathleen McCormack is Associate Professor of English in the State University System of Florida.

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