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.
Marc Redfield and Janet Farrell Brodie
Part 1. Constructions of Addiction
1. Addiction and the Ends of Desire
2. A Terminal Case: William Burroughs and the Logic of Addiction
Part 2. Figures of the Orient
3. Narrating National Addictions: De Quincey, Opium, and Tea
4. Victorian Highs: Detection, Drugs, and Empire
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
8. An Intoxicated Screen: Reflections on Film and Drugs
Part 5. Trauma, Media, Cyberspace
9. Welcome to the Pharmacy: Addiction, Transcendence, and Virtual Reality
10. If "Reality Is the Best Metaphor," It Must Be Virtual
About the Contributors
Janet Farrell Brodie is Department Chair of History at Claremont Graduate University and author of Contraception and Abortion in Nineteenth-Century America (1994). Marc Redfield is Department Chair and Professor of English at Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of The Politics of Aesthetics: Nationalism, Gender, Romanticism (2002) and Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman (1996).
“Refreshing insights on the cultural construction of individual, as well as social forms of behavior.”—Alina Clej Modernism/Modernity