Inventing the Addict
Drugs, Race, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Table of Contents
Many people and institutions have enabled me—in the best sense of the word—to complete this book, and I am grateful to them all. They brought Generous grants and fellowships from the ACLS Fellowship Program and the Huntington Library provided the time and money to conduct the research for this book. Additionally, two Regents’ Faculty Development ...
Introduction - Addiction and History
Two curiously related stories tell of the power and the weakness of the will in modern Anglo-American culture. The first comes from the biography of George Harley (1829–1896), a Scottish researcher in physiology who orbited such luminaries in the development of modern medical science as François Magendie, Claude Bernard, Rudolf Virchow, and Justus ...
PART I - TRAVEL, EXILE, AND SELF-ENSLAVEMENT
Chapter 1 - Pioneers of Inner Space: Drug Autobiography and Manifest Destiny
The reader, the thinker, the person who waits, the flâneur, are types of illuminati—just as much as the opium eater, the dreamer, the ecstatic. For the intellectual teenager, Poughkeepsie in the 1840s held few diver-sions. How else to explain an adolescent Fitz Hugh Ludlow haunting his friend Anderson the apothecary’s shop, where rows of bottles offered “an ...
Chapter 2 - “Mankind Has Been Drunk”: Race and Addiction in Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Yes, in this nation there is a “middle passage” of slavery and darkness Could all the sighs of these captives be wafted on one breeze, it would be loud as thunder. Could all their tears be assembled, Within the context of the cultural history of addiction, “slavery” furnished a powerful metaphor expressing the body’s compulsive, habitual con-...
Chapter 3 - Impostors of Freedom: Hypodermic Morphine and the Labors of Passing in E. P. Roe’s Without a Home
As I look back to 1842,—twenty-seven years ago,—it seems almost a hideous dream; I can hardly realize my identity with the staggering, but the scars remain to testify the reality; yes, scars and marks never The “slavery of drink” metaphor long outlived its vehicle, chattel slavery. Once slavery had been outlawed in the U.S., its metaphorical uses became ...
PART II - DISEASE, DESIRE, AND DEFECT
Chapter 4 - Needling Desires: Women, Morphinomania, and Self-Representation in Fin-de-Si
And my arm was pricked. The drug ran through my veins. I felt the colour come into my cheeks, and instinctively I knew that a feverish sparkle was in my eyes. I had been haggard and my face drawn and bloodless, now a warmth and brilliance came to me, and the pain died, and then came sleep.When the governess Isabel Gordon recounts her introduction to the ...
Chapter 5 - “Afflictions à la Oscar Wilde”: The Strange Case of Addiction and Sexuality in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Remember, reader, that the great majority of our law-
Chapter 6 - Un-Death and Bare Life: Addiction and Eugenics in Dracula and The Blood of the Vampire
Narcotic intoxication, in which the euphoric suspension of the self is expiated by deathlike sleep, is one of the oldest social transactions mediating between self-
Afterword - The Biopolitics of Drug Control
Beginning around the time of Dracula and continuing into the twentieth century, addicts increasingly inhabit urban underworld zones of “bare life,” into which their seemingly predatory motives suck unsuspecting citizens. This anxiety structures the most common narrative context of addiction in the years 1900–1920, the seduction or rape of vulnerable ...
Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2008
OCLC Number: 794701571
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