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Redfield, Mark and Brodie, Janet Farrell, eds. (2002) High anxieties: cultural studies in addiction. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Table of contents:
Introduction; Marc Redfield and Janet Farrell Brodie
Part 1. Constructions of Addiction1.
1. Addiction and the Ends of Desire; Stacey Margolis
2. A Terminal Case: William Burroughs and the Logic of Addiction; Timothy Melley
Part 2. Figures of the Orient.
3. Narrating National Addictions: De Quincey, Opium, and Tea; Cannon Schmitt
4. Victorian Highs: Detection, Drugs, and Empire; Marty Roth
Part 3. Demon Drink.
5. The Rhetoric of Addiction: From Victorian Novels to AA Robyn; R. Warhol
6. Firewater Legacy: Alcohol and Native American Identity in the Fiction of James Fenimore Cooper; Nicholas O. Warner
Part 4. Pleasures, Repressions, Resistances.
7. Smoking, Addiction, and the Making of Time; Helen Keane
8. An Intoxicated Screen: Reflections on Film and Drugs; Maurizio Viano
Part 5. Trauma, Media, Cyberspace.
9. Welcome to the Pharmacy: Addiction, Transcendence, and Virtual Reality; Ann Weinstone
10. If "Reality Is the Best Metaphor," It Must Be Virtual; Marguerite Waller

High Anxieties explores the history and ideological ramifications of the modern concept of addiction. Little more than a century old, the notions of "addict" as an identity and "addiction" as a disease of the will form part of the story of modernity. What is addiction? This collection of essays illuminates and refashions the term, delivering a complex and mature understanding of addiction.

Brodie and Redfield's introduction provides a roadmap for readers and situates the fascinating essays within a larger, interdisciplinary framework. Stacey Margolis and Timothy Melley's pieces grapple with the psychology of addiction. Cannon Schmitt and Marty Roth delve into the relationship between opium and the British Empire's campaign to control and stigmatize China. Robyn R. Warhol and Nicholas O. Warner examine accounts of alcohol abuse in texts as disparate as Victorian novels, Alcoholics Anonymous literature, and James Fenimore Cooper's fiction. Helen Keane scrutinizes smoking, and Maurizio Viano turns to the silver screen to trace how the representation of drugs in films has changed over time. Ann Weinstone and Marguerite Waller's essays on addiction and cyberspace cap this impressive anthology. [publisher description]

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Book
Drug Type
All substances, Behavioural addiction
Call No
ix, 23
University of California Press
Place of Publication
Includes bibliographical references, index
Accession Number
HRB 1033 (Available)
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