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Intoxication and the Aesthetics of Modern Poetry (Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé)


Klinkert, Thomas (2018). Intoxication and the Aesthetics of Modern Poetry (Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé). In: Herlinghaus, Hermann. The Pharmakon. Concept Figure, Image of Transgression, Poetic Practice. Heidelberg: winter, 223-250.

Abstract

The ancient Greek semantic of “pharmakon” comprised at least three meanings – denoting a medicine, a poison, and/or a magic potion. This helps to uncover a non-dogmatic meaning of “drugs.” A millenarian cultural history testifies to the ongoing need of communities and societies to actively use and deal with “pharmaka,” prominently including mind-altering substances. However, Western modernity has complicated an unbiased approach to the pharmacological aspects of historical and social life by aggressively multiplying, and later restricting psychoactive substances. The present volume questions a logic of good vs. bad drugs as it discusses a wide semantic spectrum – the cultural, anthropological, aesthetic, and poetological scope of the “pharmakon.” In order to critically resituate the concept, the book offers a glance into compelling scenarios, European, North American, Latin American, Transatlantic, and fascinating transdisciplinary perspectives.

Abstract

The ancient Greek semantic of “pharmakon” comprised at least three meanings – denoting a medicine, a poison, and/or a magic potion. This helps to uncover a non-dogmatic meaning of “drugs.” A millenarian cultural history testifies to the ongoing need of communities and societies to actively use and deal with “pharmaka,” prominently including mind-altering substances. However, Western modernity has complicated an unbiased approach to the pharmacological aspects of historical and social life by aggressively multiplying, and later restricting psychoactive substances. The present volume questions a logic of good vs. bad drugs as it discusses a wide semantic spectrum – the cultural, anthropological, aesthetic, and poetological scope of the “pharmakon.” In order to critically resituate the concept, the book offers a glance into compelling scenarios, European, North American, Latin American, Transatlantic, and fascinating transdisciplinary perspectives.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:English, German, French, Italian
Date:2018
Deposited On:11 Feb 2019 16:24
Last Modified:11 Feb 2019 16:25
Publisher:winter
ISBN:978-3-8253-6740-4
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.winter-verlag.de/en/detail/978-3-8253-6740-4/Herlinghaus_The_Pharmakon/ (Publisher)
https://www.recherche-portal.ch/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=ebi01_prod011205033&context=L&vid=ZAD&search_scope=default_scope&tab=default_tab&lang=de_DE (Library Catalogue)

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