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The Hangover: A Literary and Cultural History

Jonanthon Shears


What is a hangover? How does it feel to suffer from one? What can hangovers tell us about the way attitudes to alcohol have developed over time? Why have hangovers been neglected in our critical discussions of alcohol and intoxication in the humanities? This first scholarly study of the hangover in literature and culture sets out to answer each of these questions by exploring the representation of ‘the morning after’ in a wide variety of texts ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. The book argues that literature reveals hangovers are a cluster of physical symptoms, but also a comple ... More

Keywords: hangover, alcohol, cultural history, symptoms, affect, consciousness, moral values

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789621198
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonanthon Shears, author