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

By Alina Clej

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 immense and often unacknowledged position within the improvement of recent and modernist types of subjectivity. whilst, the publication indicates that intoxication, even if within the strict scientific feel or in its much less technical that means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is critical to the ways that modernity, and literary modernity particularly, features 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 ebook additionally bargains new readings of the Confessions and a few of De Quincey's posthumous writings, in addition to a longer research of his particularly ignored diary. The dialogue of De Quincey's paintings additionally elicits new insights into his courting with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, in addition to his imaginary funding in Coleridge.

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