Dionysian Myths and Alcoholic Realities

Part of the Romanticism in Perspective: Texts, Cultures, Histories book series (ROPTCH)


Drinking permeates writing in England during the period 1780–1830, in songs of celebration, narrative poems, elegies for those who drank too much, studies of drinking patterns among the lower classes, analyses of the intoxicated self, and confessions of inebriation. The abundance of these writings about drink, the complexity of their analyses, the urgency of their tone, and the elaborateness of their themes and variations indicate that men and women worried about drinking fifty years earlier than the familiar temperance writings of the mid-nineteenth century and a hundred and fifty years before the often-studied alcoholic fictions of twentieth-century America. In public and in private, in high culture and in low, in formal and in casual exchanges, Romantic writers describe the pleasures and pains of drinking.


Romantic Period Distil Spirit Romantic Writer Opium Addiction Compulsory Drinking 
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  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeThe City University of New YorkUSA

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