"Oh! Oh! Oh! I Shall Never Eat Rarebit Again!": Intoxication, Genre, Affect, Governmentality

Kyla Tompkins

Pomona College

Kyla Wazana Tompkin’s is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at Pomona College. Her 2012 book, Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century, received the 2012 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize from the American Studies Association. More recently she was co-editior, along with Marcia Ochoa and Sharon Holland of a special double issue of GL/Q titled “On the Visceral.”  She is a 2017 recipient of the ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship at Princeton for her new project So Moved: Deformalist Aesthetics, Science, and Citizenship In The Long Nineteenth Century. 


This paper considers toxicity, intoxication, and sobriety as affective forms historically tied to biochemically lively materials such as fermented foods, alcohol, narcotics, medicine, and poison. Taking the turn of the... [ view full abstract ]


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P76 » Intoxicating Climates (14:00 - Saturday, 24th March, Fiesta III-IV)

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