Read e-book online 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's either a symptom and an influence of his addictions to opium and writing, performs a massive and in most cases unacknowledged position within the improvement of contemporary and modernist different types of subjectivity. while, the booklet indicates that intoxication, no matter if within the strict scientific feel or in its much less technical which means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is valuable to the ways that modernity, and literary modernity specifically, services and defines itself. In either its theoretical and useful implications, intoxication symbolizes and infrequently involves represent the of the alienated artist within the age of the industry. The publication additionally deals new readings of the Confessions and a few of De Quincey's posthumous writings, in addition to a longer research of his quite overlooked 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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