On Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology (1915) (article)

Russell, Herbert. “Enduring Epitaphs.” Illinois Heritage 17, no. 1 (February 1, 2014): 11–12. Notes how the representations of drug and alcohol abuse in Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology (1915) changed the perception of life in rural American villages and influenced later writers such as Sherwood Anderson and Thornton Wilder.

AA and the Redeployment of Temperance Literature (article)

McGowan, Philip. “AA and the Redeployment of Temperance Literature.” Journal of American Studies 48, no. 1 (February 2014): 51–78. doi:10.1017/S0021875813000029. Compares “publication materials from the temperance and Prohibition periods with the Big Book to show how AA’s narrative antidotes to the traumas of modernity (sited in alcohol abuse) were as much the product of premodernist and turn-of-the-century hysteria as they were an attempt to write a new chapter in America’s relationship with alcohol based on contemporary medical and social research.”

Dionysos: the literature and intoxication triquarterly ONLINE

Steve Earnshaw (Sheffield Hallam) and Pam Lock (University of Bristol) are pleased to announce that the first five volumes of Dionysos: the literature and intoxication triquarterly (1989-1994) can now be accessed as pdfs at the following website:
We would like to thank Roger Forseth for kindly granting permission to make these issues publicly available and to Shana Aue and Laura Jacobs at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Library for their help in making this possible.