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By Alina Clej

ISBN-10: 0804723931

ISBN-13: 9780804723930

As this book's name indicates, its major argument is that Thomas De Quincey's literary output, that is either a symptom and an impact of his addictions to opium and writing, performs an immense and in general unacknowledged function within the improvement of contemporary and modernist varieties of subjectivity. whilst, the ebook indicates that intoxication, no matter if within the strict clinical experience or in its much less technical that means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is important to the ways that modernity, and literary modernity particularly, capabilities and defines itself. In either its theoretical and functional implications, intoxication symbolizes and sometimes involves represent the situation of the alienated artist within the age of the marketplace. The booklet 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 dating with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, in addition to his imaginary funding in Coleridge.

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