De Quinceys Disciplines

Hardcover | June 1, 1994

byJosephine Mcdonagh

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Drawing on a broad range of sources, De Quincey's Disciplines reveals the English Opium-Eater to be a more complex and contradictory figure than is usually portrayed. All too often pigeon-holed as a latter-day Romantic and psychedelic dreamer, Thomas De Quincey is shown here to have been aprolific contributor to the periodicals of his day, on subjects as diverse as astronomy, economics, psychology, and politics. Taking a theoretical, new historicist stance, Josephine McDonagh's innovative examination of De Quincey's less frequently scrutinized works recontextualizes De Quincey as a true interdisciplinarian, aspiring to participation in the major intellectual project of his time: the formation of new fieldsof knowledge, and the attempt to unify these into an organic whole.

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Drawing on a broad range of sources, De Quincey's Disciplines reveals the English Opium-Eater to be a more complex and contradictory figure than is usually portrayed. All too often pigeon-holed as a latter-day Romantic and psychedelic dreamer, Thomas De Quincey is shown here to have been aprolific contributor to the periodicals of his ...

Josephine McDonagh, Lecturer, School of English and American Studies, University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198112858

ISBN - 13:9780198112853

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`a signal and original contribution ... McDonagh's argument is manifold, far-reaching, and fine-grained. ...Mcdonagh is good. De Quincey's Disciplines will prove indispensable to De Quincey scholarship for a long time to come and an important contribution to cultural criticism in general. Theauthor's sophisticated application of current historical methods will not only offer a model but pose a challenge to its successors, many of which, I expect, will derive from it their primary inspiration.'Nineteenth-Century Literature, 51:1, June 1996