Reconsidering Drugs

Mapping Victorian and Modern Drug Discourses

  • Authors
  • Lawrence Driscoll

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Lawrence Driscoll
    Pages 1-21
  3. Lawrence Driscoll
    Pages 101-127
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 161-199

About this book


Lawrence Driscoll's fresh examination of the meaning of drugs from the Victorians to the present asks us to listen to historical and current voices whose positions on drugs are at variance with our "truths." Driscoll draws on the work of figures as diverse as William Burroughs, Sigmund Freud, Conan Doyle, and Anna Kavan to shed light on different or silenced ways of talking about drugs and to offer us a historical counter-memory. The result of his work is to unsettle and disturb the familiar parameters that frame our discussion of drugs, revealing that others are available: positions which expose our own constructions as surprisingly limited.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-62241-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-62239-9
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