Alina Clej's A Genealogy of the Modern Self: Thomas De Quincey and the PDF

By Alina Clej

ISBN-10: 0804723931

ISBN-13: 9780804723930

As this book's identify indicates, its major argument is that Thomas De Quincey's literary output, that is either a symptom and an influence of his addictions to opium and writing, performs an enormous and quite often unacknowledged position within the improvement of recent and modernist sorts of subjectivity. whilst, the ebook indicates that intoxication, even if within the strict clinical experience or in its much less technical that means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is imperative to the ways that modernity, and literary modernity particularly, services and defines itself. In either its theoretical and functional implications, intoxication symbolizes and sometimes involves represent the of the alienated artist within the age of the industry. The booklet additionally deals new readings of the Confessions and a few of De Quincey's posthumous writings, in addition to a longer research of his fairly missed 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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