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monomania

an excessive mental preoccupation with one thing, idea, etc.
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It is easy to imagine oneself as an abolitionist or fighter for women's suffrage in the early days of those movements, but it is quite possible we would have found them--as most of their contemporaries did--to be tiresome, self-righteous monomaniacs.
As we are exposed, one after another, to the "minifications" of liberals, Marxists, feminists, homosexualists, anti-Christians, thesis-pushing art historians, and obsessive monomaniacs who find Mongols or plagues filling every historical skeleton's closet, actual novels, paintings, and historical episodes become increasingly invisible, rather like the literal meaning of an Old Testament passage after a thousand years of Talmudic glosses.
What happened in the twenty years after Moby Dick is that Melville dived into his self so deeply, as to reach a dark realm, "an underworld of recalcitrant shades: the sense of defeat, willful isolation, unmanageable moods, fear of death, anxiety over his own physical and mental health," all of which got "channeled into the striking series of monomaniacs who followed one another so ominously through the poem.
I would argue that it's the "whiteness studies" ideologues who are really the monomaniacs hunting Moby Dick.
Paradoxically, the Greek gods are all tunnel-visioned monomaniacs, the antithesis of the Athenian ideal.
He reworked this theme throughout his writings, from a propagandist fable, The Monomaniacs, (40) to a rather unimpressive attempt at a critique of Marx.
What did Hoover and his band of monomaniacs in the FBI and other agencies not know?