Download e-book for kindle: A Genealogy of the Modern Self: Thomas De Quincey and the by Alina Clej

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's either a symptom and an impact of his addictions to opium and writing, performs an enormous and usually unacknowledged function within the improvement of contemporary and modernist kinds of subjectivity. while, the publication exhibits that intoxication, even if within the strict scientific feel or in its much less technical which means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is primary to the ways that modernity, and literary modernity particularly, features and defines itself. In either its theoretical and sensible implications, intoxication symbolizes and infrequently 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 fairly 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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