monomania


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monomania

an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc.
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For Anthony Hutchison, Cloudsplitter is an example of witness literature like Moby Dick: Owen is a surviving Ishmael and John is Captain Ahab in his Calvinist monomania (70).
The monomania of the true fanatic brooks no rivals.
Similar monomania afflicts many a commentator on Shostakovich, and while Lesser is too acute a music lover to suffer from it, one might have wished for a greater concern on her part (there is some) with what Shostakovich's foreign contemporaries--several of whom he acknowledged as stylistic influences--were doing.
93) of themes in the first movement would fit well into this concept of thought, since monomania is described as a dynamic process that intensifies over time, just as these themes and their musical context change in the course of the movement.
Thus, the very fact that Bella and Edward are completely obsessed with each other--they live for each other, and don't see the point of living without the other--promotes an unhealthy sort of monomania in readers that is very far from chaste, and that may leave readers vulnerable to being taken advantage of by unscrupulous suitors.
I did however find "pretentious, self indulgent, puerile and monomania.
She had a monomania for Byron that led her to live in a town he wrote about to write poetry to him before her tragic death in 1825.
It is not probable that this monomania in him took its instant rise at the precise time of his bodily dismemberment.
As is often said of the monomania of certain sections of the civil society in Zimbabwe who believe every crisis in Zimbabwe can be reduced to the function of the constitution, for Moyo the way to truth is the verification of fact.
The claim to a pure tradition is linked in Signal Red to the moral ambiguities of monomania, depicted vividly through the obsessive pursuit of career by the scientists of the Centre and through their unidirectional lives.
Because of the exigencies of the law and medicine of insanity in the antebellum period, specifically the new designation of monomania, or insanity on a single topic, the varied paranoid symptoms of the defendants in these cases were often ignored as sexual jealousy became the focus--became the single topic on which they were alleged to be insane.
10) Boffin has no inclination for investing in "mighty Shares" and counting the dividends, as is the monomania of the Lammles and their ilk, but he can now embark on good works on a scale that his modest salary of old could never have supported.