The Hangover: A Literary and Cultural History

December 9, 2020
The Hangover: A Literary and Cultural History

What is a hangover? How does it feel to suffer from one? Whatcan hangovers tell us about the way attitudes to alcohol havedeveloped over time? In the humanities, why have we neglected thesubject of the hangover in our critical discussions of alcohol andintoxication?In the first comprehensive study of the hangover in literature andculture, Jonathon Shears sets out to answer each of these questionsby exploring the representation of ''the morning after' in a widevariety of texts ranging from the Renaissance to the present day.The book looks at what examples of 'hangover literature' fromwriters such as Ben Jonson, Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, KingsleyAmis and A.L. Kennedy can add to our personal and culturalunderstanding of alcohol use. It demonstrates that, more than justa cluster of physical symptoms, the hangover is a complex interplayof sensations and emotions with a fascinating cultural history.