Demon Rum and Drunken Men: Working-Class Immobility in the Nineteenth-Century Tavern

Michael D’Alessandro

Duke University

Michael D’Alessandro is Assistant Professor of English at Duke University. His latest article appears in the fall 2017 edition of J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. He has also published articles in The New England Quarterly, Studies in American Naturalism, and Mississippi Quarterly. Holding an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University, D’Alessandro works specifically on theatre and book history. His current book project is titled Staged Readings: Sensationalism and Class in Popular American Literature and Theatre, 1835-1875.


Whether citizens were eating and drinking or purchasing consumer goods, consumption in the nineteenth-century United States was understood to be radically significant. That significance in turn prompted a wide range of... [ view full abstract ]


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P16 » Acts of Consumption: Performance, Bodies, Culture (14:00 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment A)

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