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Reframing AddictionDevotion, Commerce, Community

Reframing AddictionDevotion, Commerce, Community Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/english-language-notes/article-pdf/60/1/1/1507995/1lemon.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 May 2022 Introduction Reframing Addiction Devotion, Commerce, Community ............................................................................................................................................................................. rebecca lemon ike so many accounts of addiction, this special issue begins with a solitary fig- L ure: Picasso’s The Absinthe Drinker: Portrait of Angel Fernández de Soto (1903) captures a moment in time, a wobbly drinker with a drained glass (fig. 1). The image in blue and gray might stand as an emblem of the hope and challenge of conceptu- alizing addiction. For even as the painting showcases a single figure, holding a pipe with a glass of absinthe at his table, de Soto is not alone. The absinthe bar serves a community, one that is implied yet invisible. There is bar staff providing the drinks to customers. There is Picasso himself, who captures de Soto, a friend and fellow painter, on canvas. This preoccupied drinker is lost in thought, yet he is surrounded by those who supply and chronicle his addiction. This opening paragraph telegraphs a shift in the field of addiction studies itself: turning away from a broken brain model of addiction, addiction studies is experiencing what we might call a “humanist turn.” This special issue of English http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

Reframing AddictionDevotion, Commerce, Community

English Language Notes , Volume 60 (1) – Apr 1, 2022

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Copyright © 2022 Regents of the University of Colorado
ISSN
0013-8282
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2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-9560188
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/english-language-notes/article-pdf/60/1/1/1507995/1lemon.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 May 2022 Introduction Reframing Addiction Devotion, Commerce, Community ............................................................................................................................................................................. rebecca lemon ike so many accounts of addiction, this special issue begins with a solitary fig- L ure: Picasso’s The Absinthe Drinker: Portrait of Angel Fernández de Soto (1903) captures a moment in time, a wobbly drinker with a drained glass (fig. 1). The image in blue and gray might stand as an emblem of the hope and challenge of conceptu- alizing addiction. For even as the painting showcases a single figure, holding a pipe with a glass of absinthe at his table, de Soto is not alone. The absinthe bar serves a community, one that is implied yet invisible. There is bar staff providing the drinks to customers. There is Picasso himself, who captures de Soto, a friend and fellow painter, on canvas. This preoccupied drinker is lost in thought, yet he is surrounded by those who supply and chronicle his addiction. This opening paragraph telegraphs a shift in the field of addiction studies itself: turning away from a broken brain model of addiction, addiction studies is experiencing what we might call a “humanist turn.” This special issue of English

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Published: Apr 1, 2022

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