After Alcohol

Gender and Sobriety Counterstories in Two Contemporary Novels

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Resumé

The innovative narrative structures of two contemporary novels—A. L. Kennedy’s Paradise (2004) and Anneliese Mackintosh’s So Happy It Hurts (2017)—provide frameworks for understanding the decision to stop drinking alcohol that challenge dominant gendered representations. Paradise is a counterstory to formulaic narratives of recovery and female alcoholism; So Happy It Hurts critiques newer postfeminist self-help narratives about sobriety. The novels show that the negotiation with dominant narratives (characteristic of temperance and recovery literature) and the need to devise more nuanced counterstories continue to shape contemporary writing about sobriety, even though the dominant narratives themselves have changed over time.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftThe Social History of Alcohol and Drugs
Vol/bind33
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)310-335
ISSN1930-8418
DOI
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2019

Fingeraftryk

alcohol
narrative
gender
self-help
alcoholism

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