A Babel of Bottles: Drink, Drinkers & Drinking Places in Literature

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Susan J. Owen, James Nicholls
Sheffield Academic, 2000 - Fiction - 207 pages
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From alehouses and taverns in seventeenth-century drama to women drinkers in contemporary literature, this collection assesses the long and fertile relationship between the book and the bottle. The writers discussed include James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Daphne du Maurier, while the themes range from Restoration drama in England to Spanish detective fiction. Drink appears in literature in all the guises which it assumes in life, and the essays collected here reflect this truth. Both alcohol and the spaces in which drinking takes place are discussed with reference to gender, nation, addiction, festivity, creativity and class. One of the tasks of this book is to provide a critical account of the sheer diversity of forms in which drink appears in literature. The essays also reflect the belief that literary representations of drinking can be both celebrated without frivolity and criticized without condemnation.

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Susan J. Owen teaches in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is the author of "Restoration Theatre and Crisis" (1996) and "Perspectives on Restoration Drama" (forthcoming), as well as numerous articles and essays on Restoration drama, a piece on Andrew Marvell and a theoretical article, 'Chaos Theory, Marxism and Literature; ("new formations," 1996). She has also edited "A Babel of Bottles: Drink, Drinkers and Drinking Places in Literature" (2000).

James Nicholls is a fine-arts photographer residing in New York City who has undertaken a number of humanitarian projects. His work on Sudan, ongoing since 1999, has been exhibited at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and other venues.

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