Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 December 2018

288 Pages | 4 black & white illustrations

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719099618

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The existential drinker

First Edition

Steven Earnshaw

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Provides a critique of drinker protagonists in which philosophical issues around self, finitude, authenticity, and meaning are highlighted
  • beginning with Jack London>'s John Barleycorn, constructs a canon of Existential drinkers ending in the twenty-first century with A. L. Kennedy's Paradise
  • Appraises drinking literature on its own subjective terms rather than through the more usual disease-model approach of Alcoholics Anonymous and other models of addiction
  • Covers well-known novels such as The lost weekend and Under the volcano, and less familiar works such as Jean Rhys's Good morning, midnight

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