Drinking Studies Showcase: ‘Addictions’ with Rebecca Lemon.

Editor’s Note: This post marks the launch of our latest feature: Drinking Studies Showcase, where we spotlight the work of those within the Drinking Studies Network.

I was very privileged to sit down with Rebecca Lemon, Professor of English at the University of Southern California, to discuss her recent special issue for English Language Notes titled ‘Addictions‘ which she guest-edited.

Grab a coffee, a biscuit, and watch 40 minutes of discussion on, but not limited to: the humanist turn in addiction; ‘positive addictions’; connections between artistry and addiction; and, Rebecca’s experiences of guest-editing a special issue.

Rebecca Lemon
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Rebecca Lemon is Professor of English at the University of Southern California. Her award-winning writing on Shakespeare, law, political philosophy, and the history of medicine has been supported by numerous fellowships. She is the author of three books: Treason by Words: Literature, Law, and Rebellion in Early Modern England (Cornell, 2006); Shakespeare’s King Richard III: Language and Writing (Arden Shakespeare, 2018); Addiction and Devotion in Early Modern England (Penn, 2018) and most recently, she co-edited a special issue on “Addictions” for the Duke University Press journal English Language Notes. Her work in Addiction and Devotion, which challenges conventional theories of addiction by tracking its longer history from the 16th century, has been featured in a range of venues, including popular radio broadcasts, political blogs, podcasts and scholarly reviews. Website: http://www.rebeccalemon.org

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Claire Davey is a PhD candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Her PhD research explores UK women’s increasing engagement with sobriety or alcohol-free living, and the growth of female-led online sobriety communities. She is also the Managing Editor of 'Points'.

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