Editors: Dr Laura Eastlake and Dr Andrew McInnes (Edge Hill University)
‘The body (follow me closely here) lies at the mercy of the most omnipotent of all potentates—the Chemist.’
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (1859)
We invite proposals to form part of a new edited collection on Substance Use and Abuse in the Long Nineteenth Century. The volume will examine the changing roles of drugs and chemical substances in the history, literature, and medical discourses of a century which witnessed rapid medical and surgical innovation, the growing use of stimulants and sedatives, and narratives linking creativity, criminality and substance use. This collection encourages interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to the topic as well as literary and historical analyses.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Addiction and excess: Alcohol, tobacco, opiates, cocaine, ether, chloroform and other compounds
- Psychoactive substances, hallucinogenics, pharmacology
- New drug treatments, therapies, medical technologies, pain and pain management
- Concepts of stimulation and sedation
- Drugs and creativity or criminality
- Substances and the media: celebrity culture, advertising,
- Thomas de Quincey, Coleridge, Keats, Wilkie Collins, L. T. Meade, Conan Doyle
- Novels, sensation fiction, and literature as addiction
- Gendered representations of substance use
- Aphrodisiacs, appetite and their suppressants
- Global perspectives on nineteenth-century substance use
- Substances and the military, empire, trade, war
- Neo-Romantic or Neo-Victorian representations of substance use
Please send 500-word abstracts toby Monday 11th February 2019. Submissions should also include a brief author bio and up to 5 keywords for your article.
This volume has received provisional interest from Manchester University Press and selected abstracts will form part of a full proposal to be submitted to the publisher in Spring 2019. Full chapter submissions will be c.7000 words in length and due August 2019.
Please see our websitefor more information.