Serpent In The Cup

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Ten papers on the influence of antialcohol reform on American literature cover the early 18th century through the postmodern era. Topics include the importance of sensational temperance rhetoric to the work of Whitman and Poe, the role of alcoholism in the first African-American novel and in slave narratives, the influences of Harriet Beecher Stowe and of Alcoholics Anonymous, the notion that alcoholism is the modernist vice, and strategies for teaching students about the culture of drinking. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558490826
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Demonization of the Tavern 10
Black Cats and Delirium Tremens: Temperance and the American Renaissance 22
Temperance in the Bed of a Child: Incest and Social Order in Nineteenth-Century America 60
"Whiskey, Blacking, and All": Temperance and Race in William Wells Brown's Clotel 93
Slaves to the Bottles: Gough's Autobiography and Douglass's Narrative 115
Temperance, Morality, and Medicine in the Fiction of Harriet Beecher Stowe 136
Deracialized Discourse: Temperance and Racial Ambiguity in Harper's "The Two Offers" and Sowing and Reaping 153
"Alcoholism" and The Modern Temper 165
"Bill's Story": Form and Meaning in A.A. Recovery Narratives 180
Drink and Disorder in the Classroom 205
Notes on Contributors 229
Index 231
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