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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 impression of his addictions to opium and writing, performs an incredible and quite often unacknowledged position within the improvement of recent and modernist sorts of subjectivity. whilst, the ebook exhibits that intoxication, no matter if within the strict clinical experience or in its much less technical which means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is principal to the ways that modernity, and literary modernity particularly, features and defines itself. In either its theoretical and functional implications, intoxication symbolizes and infrequently involves represent the situation of the alienated artist within the age of the industry. The e-book additionally deals 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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