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Sacramental Commodities: Gift, Text, and the Sublime in de Quincey

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This study argues that during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with the rise of a modern market economy in which the text became commodified into a material object---the book---writers fought against a perceived loss of authority by developing a theory of the rhetorical Sublime. Like the sacramental presence in the Christian church, the realm of the Sublime allowed the reader an opportunity for incorporation in a spiritual communion with an immaterial text offered by a disembodied authorial presence.The book offers both a psychobiography of De Quincey and a fresh study of the evolution of his ideas from early childhood up to the publication of his masterwork, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-323) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870239625
Author:
Rzepka, Charles J.
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Author:
Rzepka, Charles J.
Location:
Amherst :
Subject:
General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Narcotic addicts
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
De Quincey, Thomas
Subject:
Sublime, The, in literature.
Subject:
Confession stories.
Subject:
Sacraments in literature.
Subject:
Narcotic addicts -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Power
Subject:
Power (Social sciences) in literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series Volume:
no. 7
Publication Date:
19950331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
9.01x6.06x1.08 in. 1.19 lbs.

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