New PDF release: A Genealogy of the Modern Self: Thomas De Quincey and the

By Alina Clej

ISBN-10: 0804723931

ISBN-13: 9780804723930

As this book's name indicates, its major argument is that Thomas De Quincey's literary output, that's either a symptom and an influence of his addictions to opium and writing, performs an incredible and regularly unacknowledged position within the improvement of contemporary and modernist types of subjectivity. whilst, the ebook indicates that intoxication, even if within the strict scientific feel or in its much less technical that means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is valuable to the ways that modernity, and literary modernity specifically, features and defines itself. In either its theoretical and useful implications, intoxication symbolizes and sometimes involves represent the of the alienated artist within the age of the industry. The publication additionally bargains new readings of the Confessions and a few of De Quincey's posthumous writings, in addition to a longer research of his quite ignored diary. The dialogue of De Quincey's paintings additionally elicits new insights into his dating with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, in addition to his imaginary funding in Coleridge.

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