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Western University

2011

Jean Cocteau

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Feeling Better: The Therapeutic Drug In Modernism, Philip Glennie Sep 2011

Feeling Better: The Therapeutic Drug In Modernism, Philip Glennie

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This project argues that by reading first-person accounts of drug intoxication in European modernism, one can uncover qualitative structures that broadly inform the modernist experience of space, time, language, desire, and embodiment. Evidence for this systematization of subjective experience appears in the early twentieth-century movements of phenomenology, existentialism, psychoanalysis, and even structural linguistics. In addition to their systemic approach to subjective experience, however, these movements also insist that some form of psychic or existential discomfort is inherent to modern experience, and all of them engage in a marked attempt to address this pain therapeutically. Thus while modernist thought conceives of ...