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Reading Alcoholisms

Theorizing Character and Narrative in Selected Novels of Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf

Authors: Lilienfeld, J.

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With Reading Alcoholisms, Jane Lilienfeld has produced a ground-breaking cross-disciplinary study using the social, psychological, and scientific literature on alcoholism and family alcoholism to examine the novels of Hardy, Joyce, and Woolf. Each of these authors was directly affected by the alcoholism of a family member or mentor, and Lilienfeld shows how the effects of alcoholism organized their texts: through the portrayal of a protagonist in The Mayor of Casterbridge, through the denial of parental alcoholism and its silent presence in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and through codependent reactive patterns of Mrs. and Mr. Ramsay in To the Lighthouse. With the remarkable empathy Lilienfeld has for human dimensions of alcoholism, she demonstrates that "the narrative strategies in each of these novels at times mimic the behaviors and feeling states often arising from alcoholism." Without an understanding of the multidimensional nature of alcoholism and the transmission of its effects across generations, any analysis of the work of these three literary giants is incomplete.

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Jane Lilienfeld is Associate Professor of English at Lincoln University.

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If alcoholism theory is not yet considered an accepted discourse in literary scholarship, it may well become one after this book.... Harvard Review


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading Alcoholisms
Book Subtitle
Theorizing Character and Narrative in Selected Novels of Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf
Authors
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-10023-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-10023-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-21709-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-61987-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 292
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