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A literary intervention: writing alcohol in British literature 1915–1930

Haslam, Sara (2013). A literary intervention: writing alcohol in British literature 1915–1930. First World War Studies, 4(2) pp. 219–239.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/19475020.2013.828636
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Abstract

This article provides a contextualized analysis of the representation of alcohol in British war literature published between 1915 and 1930. It examines the domestic debates surrounding alcohol pre-war, as well as the controversial history of the rum ration, before providing a taxonomy of alcohol's representation in a range of literature in which it features significantly in both its official and unofficial forms. The literature consulted includes examples of the early popular wave of fiction, and the later wave of disillusionment literature, as it came to be known. Following this thematic examination of the representation of alcohol in war texts, the concluding discussion argues that the patterns in the representation of alcohol across this 15-year period can themselves be interpreted contextually, economically and politically, as a progressive intervention in a wider debate.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1947-5039
Keywords: First World War; British literature 1910-1930; rum ration; alcohol; temperance
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: History of Books and Reading (HOBAR)
Item ID: 38546
Depositing User: Sara Haslam
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2013 13:52
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38546
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