LIT219 Drugs and Alcohol in Literature (8)

This subject introduces students to a range of fiction and poetry that alludes significantly to the use of drugs and alcohol. The set texts are chosen from the classical Greek, Romantic, Modernist and Contemporary periods. The subject places each work in its historical and social context, analysing the significance of drugs and alcohol as an on-going literary subject and questioning the validity of enduring Romantic concepts that link drug and alcohol use with literary creativity.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Understand the often subversive relationship between literature and the social and political mores of a given society
  • Be familiar with some of the stylistic conventions in major works incorporating significant drug and alcohol themes
  • Recognise and analyse some of the complex relationships between imaginative writing and the 'real' context of drugs and alcohol
  • Critically assess the various influences of drug and alcohol use on creativity


This subject will cover the following topics:

The history of the influence of drugs and alcohol in literature Major conceptual, stylistic and thematic developments in the literature of alcohol and drugs Key texts and periods Romantic theories of authorship The importance of contemporary social and political attitudes towards drug and alcohol use


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.