Strange Brew: Alcohol and 20th Century American Literature

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Joseph Hutchison


Strange brew


Strange Brew examines how the ubiquity of alcohol in 20th century America has often become linked to its writers, its literature, and its culture. As such, the project explores the use of alcohol, in many instances to extreme lengths, as a means to creative expression in fiction and poetry, a numbing agent, and an integral part of American society that says as much about the United States of America as any other aspect of the country. The latter can be seen in coping with and interacting in prescribed social situations, gender roles, and how alcohol becomes an even larger part of Cold War culture.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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