The Languages of Addiction

The Languages of Addiction

by Jane Lilienfeld
     
 
The Languages of Addiction listens to the way we talk about what it means to be unable to say no, using literature as a springboard to a sensitive discussion of alcoholism and drug addiction. It goes far beyond yet brings into conversation with each other the traditional, single-issue texts which discuss alcoholisms, to present a variety of theoretical

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The Languages of Addiction listens to the way we talk about what it means to be unable to say no, using literature as a springboard to a sensitive discussion of alcoholism and drug addiction. It goes far beyond yet brings into conversation with each other the traditional, single-issue texts which discuss alcoholisms, to present a variety of theoretical approaches to, and pedagogical methods of teaching, the problem. The essays both challenge and defend the AA-Medical Model and draw from African, American, British, French, and Spanish literatures, exploring the meaning of denial, "addiction," and the psychological experiences of addiction. From this international perspective, the questions raised and the intertextual resonances between such authors as Virginia Woolf, Athol Fugard, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, James Baldwin, and John Berryman enlarge our awareness of how we might understand alcoholism and addiction as created in literature.

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Literary scholars look at a wide range of representations of addiction. Both challenging and defending the Alcoholics Anonymous medical model, draw from African, American, British, French, and Spanish literature to explore the meaning of denial and the psychological experiences of addiction. Virginia Woolf, Athol Fugard, Vicente Blasco Ibanez, James Baldwin, and John Berryman are among the voices heard. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312218508
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/29/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Lilienfeld is Associate Professor of English at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Jeffrey Oxford is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of North Texas in Denton.

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