All listings for this product
About this product
- DescriptionThis study argues that during the eighteenth century and early nineteenth centuries, with the rise of a modern market ecomy 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.Drawing on the phemelogy of reading and the cultural dynamics of gift-indebtedness and sacramentalism, Charles J. Rzepka advances his argument through a detailed examination of the life and work of writer and opium addict Thomas De Quincey. The book offers both a psychobiography of De Quincey and a fresh study of the evolution of his ideas from early childhood up to publication of his masterwork, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
- Author BiographyCharles J. Rzepka teaches English at Boston University. He is author of The Self as Mind: Vision and Identity in Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats.
- Author(s)Charles J. Rzepka
- PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Date of Publication31/03/1995
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Weight540 g
- Width154 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine27 mm
Best-selling in Textbooks
Save on Textbooks
- AU $79.67Trending at AU $96.35
- AU $72.90Trending at AU $74.37
- AU $35.43Trending at AU $40.71
- AU $74.99Trending at AU $79.35
- AU $19.16Trending at AU $24.44
- AU $30.00Trending at AU $49.03
- AU $16.98Trending at AU $18.30
This item doesn't belong on this page.
Thanks, we'll look into this.