Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature

By Lindsey Michael Banco

© 2010 – Routledge

188 pages

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About the Book

This book examines the connections between two disparate yet persistently bound thematics -- mobility and intoxication -- and explores their central yet frequently misunderstood role in constructing subjectivity following the 1960s. Emerging from profound mid-twentieth-century changes in how drugs and travel were imagined, the conceptual nexus discussed sheds new light on British and North American responses to sixties counterculture. With readings of Aldous Huxley, William Burroughs, Alex Garland, Hunter S. Thompson, and Robert Sedlack, Banco traces twin arguments, looking at the ways travel is imagined as a disciplinary force acting upon the creative, destabilizing powers of psychedelic intoxication; and exploring the ways drugs help construct travel spaces and practices as, at times, revolutionary, and at other times, neo-colonial. By following a sequence of shifting understandings of drug and travel orthodoxies, this book traverses fraught and irresistibly linked terrains from the late 1950s up to a period marked by international, postmodern tourism. As such, it helps illuminate a world where tourism is continually expanding yet constantly circumscribed, and where illegal drugs are both increasingly unregulated in the global economy and perceived more and more as crucial agents in the construction of human subjectivity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Set and Setting 1: "Causing Frameworks to Shift": Theorizing Tripping 2: Starting Selves: Aldous Huxley and William S. Burroughs Part II: Drugs and the Disciplinary Power of Utopian Travel 3: The Permeable Self and the Horrors of Consumption: Aldous Huxley’s Island 4: What’s He Smoking?: Cannabis and Cigarettes in Alex Garland’s The Beach Part III: Drugs and the Revisions of Anti-Tourism 5: "Man, This Is the Way to Travel": Seeing Vegas Anew in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 6: Eating In Africa: Becoming-Animal in Robert Sedlack’s The African Safari Papers Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Lindsey Banco is Assistant Professor of English at Nipissing University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

From Joyce to Rushdie, Modernism to Food Writing, Routledge Studies in Twentieth Century Literature looks at both the literature and culture of the 20th century. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside religion, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, travel, class, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT004020
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General