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Alcohol and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: Alcohol, Literature, and Nation-Building Part 1. Imagining the Nation through Alcohol, Class, and Gender 1. Everything in Its Right Place? Social Drinking Spaces, Popular Culture, and Nationhood 2. Patriotic Heroes and Consummate Drunks: Alcohol, Masculinity, and Nationhood Part 2. Alcohol, Morality, and Medicine in the Story of National Development 3. Yankees, Toffs, and Miss Quixote: Drunken Bodies, Citizenship, and the Hope of Moral Reform 4. Medicine, Madness, and Modernity in Porfirian Mexico: Alcoholism as the National Disease Conclusion: Drunkenness, Death, and Mexican Melancholia Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Deborah Toner is a lecturer in modern history at the University of Leicester and a leading convener of the Warwick Drinking Studies Network.


"Toner's blending of literary analysis with medical and criminal reports presents a valuable approach to studies of nationalism, Mexico, and Latin America."-James A. Garza, author of The Imagined Underworld: Sex, Crime and Vice in Porfirian Mexico -- James A. Garza "Deborah Toner deftly combines the methodologies of history and literary criticism to show how drink was crucial to ideas about the nation in nineteenth-century Mexico. Informed by the findings of the anthropology of alcohol, this book offers important contributions to Mexican social, intellectual, and literary history."-Jeffrey Pilcher, author of Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food -- Jeffrey Pilcher

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