AA and the Redeployment of Temperance Literature

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This essay is an examination that, primarily comparativist in its approach, links 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of American Studies
Issue number1
Early online date27 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • AA
  • Temperance


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