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The existential drinker

Author: Steven Earnshaw
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drinking to excess has been a striking problem for industrial and post-industrial societies - who is responsible when an individual opts for a slow suicide? The causes of such drinking have often been blamed on genes, moral weakness, 'disease' (addiction), hedonism, and Romantic illusion. Yet there is another reason: the drinker may act with sincere philosophical intent, exploring the edges of self, consciousness,  Read more...
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Earnshaw, Steven.
Existential drinker.
Manchester Michigan : Manchester University Press, 2019
288 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Earnshaw
ISBN: 9781526134714 1526134713 9781526141934 1526141930
OCLC Number: 1053992468
Description: 1 online resource (288 pages)
Contents: Front matter; Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Figures; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; I Whiffs and gleams; Habitual drunkards and metaphysics: case studies from the Victorian period; Jack London, John Barleycorn (1913): truth; II The Existential drinkers; Jean Rhys and drunken consciousness (1929-1939); Charles Jackson, The Lost Weekend (1944): life projects; Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano (1947): singular experiences; Hans Fallada, The Drinker (1950): absurdity; Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1955): abandonment Frederick Exley, A Fan's Notes (1968): authenticityVenedikt Yerofeev, Moscow-Petushki (1970): self and others; III Enough: attic, Vegas, paradise; William Kennedy, Ironweed (1983): fugitive souls and free spirits; John O'Brien, Leaving Las Vegas (1990): suicide; A.L. Kennedy, Paradise (2004): love; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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Looks at the nineteenth-century convergence of a new kind of excessive, habitual drinking, and a new way of thinking about the self, which we came to label 'existential'. -- .  Read more...

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