By Alina Clej

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 a tremendous and as a rule unacknowledged position within the improvement of recent and modernist different types of subjectivity. even as, the booklet indicates that intoxication, no matter if within the strict clinical feel or in its much less technical that means ("strong excitement," "trance," "ecstasy"), is relevant 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 of the alienated artist within the age of the industry. The ebook additionally deals new readings of the Confessions and a few of De Quincey's posthumous writings, in addition to a longer research of his fairly 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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