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Labyrinths of DeceitCulture, Modernity and Identity in the Nineteenth Century$
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Richard J. Walker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238492

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315404

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Introduction

Introduction

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Labyrinths of Deceit
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315404.011

In the nineteenth century, addiction could be identified in a variety of forms in social, cultural, and medical conceptions of deviancy or antisocial behaviour such as alcoholism, drug addiction, addictive sexual masturbation, compulsive criminal behaviour, and even cannibalism. Overindulgence in narcotics like opium, a prescribed and self-medicated drug, could cause insanity yet was administered in large doses to lunatics. This section explores the nature of addiction and its effect upon identity, consciousness, and modernity in nineteenth-century literature, focusing on the work of Alfred Tennyson, Bram Stoker, Thomas De Quincey, and Christina Rossetti.

Keywords:   Alfred Tennyson, Bram Stoker, Thomas De Quincey, Christina Rossetti, addiction, opium, alcoholism, identity, consciousness, modernity

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