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High Anxieties

Cultural Studies in Addiction

Janet Brodie (Editor), Marc Redfield (Editor)

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Paperback, 244 pages
ISBN: 9780520227514
November 2002
$30.95, £26.00
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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
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

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

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