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 impression of his addictions to opium and writing, performs an immense and as a rule unacknowledged function within the improvement of contemporary and modernist varieties of subjectivity. even as, the booklet indicates that intoxication, no matter if within the strict clinical experience or in its much less technical which means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is imperative 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 of the alienated artist within the age of the marketplace. The booklet 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 missed 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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