By Alina Clej

As this book's identify indicates, its major argument is that Thomas De Quincey's literary output, that is either a symptom and an influence of his addictions to opium and writing, performs an incredible and usually unacknowledged function within the improvement of contemporary and modernist different types of subjectivity. whilst, the e-book exhibits that intoxication, even if within the strict scientific feel or in its much less technical that 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 sometimes involves represent the situation of the alienated artist within the age of the marketplace. 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 rather 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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