A Genealogy of the Modern Self: Thomas De Quincey and the by Alina Clej

By Alina Clej

As this book's identify 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 a big and ordinarily unacknowledged position within the improvement of recent and modernist different types of subjectivity. whilst, the e-book indicates that intoxication, no matter if within the strict scientific experience or in its much less technical that means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is relevant to the ways that modernity, and literary modernity particularly, capabilities and defines itself. In either its theoretical and useful implications, intoxication symbolizes and sometimes involves represent the situation of the alienated artist within the age of the marketplace. 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 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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