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Ouvrir les débats actuels sur les drogues et les dépendances aux problématisations littéraires des addictions : l'exemple emblématique de David Foster Wallace et de son roman fleuve "Infinite Jest" (*). Juin 2017. (*) Littéralement : « l'infinie plaisanterie »

Abstract : With the rise of the novel as literary form, the nineteenth century invented a new way of problematizing the question of alcohol and drugs: the literary narration of addictive behavior. This particular problematization of addiction is rarely analysed as such, even though, during the course of the 20th century, it has been both accredited and amplified to the point of challenging the moral or medical views that continue to capture the attention of researchers in the field. This trend is most noticeable in the United States where the narration of addictive behavior has become a major theme in American literature, ever since the publication in 1953 of William S. Burroughs' semi-autobiographical novel, "Junkie". In this perspective, the present article aims to broaden the current debates on drugs and addiction, by introducing unprecedented dimensions of this problem that stem from literary portrayals of addiction. It is based on a detailed analysis of David Foster Wallace's saga "Infinite Jest", published in the United States in 1996; in its own way, this novel synthesizes the main trends in contemporary American literature relating to the narration of addictive behavior. From this huge literary work emerges a complex problematization of addiction that resonates with the views held by American scientists in this field at the beginning of the 90s and confirms the viability of a profoundly non-medical and non-psychiatric vision of addictive phenomena.
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Dominique Vuillaume. Ouvrir les débats actuels sur les drogues et les dépendances aux problématisations littéraires des addictions : l'exemple emblématique de David Foster Wallace et de son roman fleuve "Infinite Jest" (*). Juin 2017. (*) Littéralement : « l'infinie plaisanterie ». 2017. ⟨inserm-01592743⟩

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