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This examines the narratives of restoration, either oral and literary, surrounding the learn and therapy of alcoholism. It attracts upon a number disciplines from literary feedback and folklore, to psychoanalytic concept with an account of the narrative treatment of Alcoholic nameless founder, invoice W.
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Thanks to Vance Aandahl, Jeanie Elliott, Vicki Faoro, Jane Kelton, Lisa Null, Tommy Peterson, and Andy Woolf, who, knowingly or not, contributed to this project. Thanks to friends who kept faith during tough times. And blessings, of course, on Jane Grant and Chloe Grant. Page 1 INTRODUCTION Sobering Tales Listening to stories about alcoholism may be the best means we have of comprehending and delineating the disorder, because stories alone can begin to contain its bewildering, protean, contradictory nature.
Ernest Kurtz and Thomas Gilmore responded considerately when I sent them uninvited copies of my dissertation some years ago. Roger Abrahams supervised the writing of the dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania; Henry Glassie and the late Kenneth S. Goldstein provided encouragement in various forms and sat on my committee. Kenny Goldstein's con- Page xii tribution to American culture has yet to be properly appreciated; I am sorry he couldn't have seen this book. Donald Newlove gave gracious permission to use the long quotation from Those Drinking Days, and sent me a warm letter and a copy of his novel Curranne Trueheart as well.
Although she does not analyze AA in any detailperhaps a reflection of the organization's comparatively lower profile in the United Kingdomshe has observed an uneasy fit between program principles and women's needs. "There is a certain repressive strain in AA practice, and the women who have been through the AA programme tend to denigrate their desires and aspirations as unhealthy egotism" (p. 31). McDaniel strikingly echoes McConville's findings: "Women do need to talk about self-esteem. We need to understand the power we do have, and to discuss in safe places ways in which we can exercise that power in the world.