American Sublime: The Genealogy of a Poetic Genre
University of Wisconsin Press, 1991 - 337 Seiten
Tracing ideas of the sublime in American literature from Puritan writings to the postmodern epoch, Rob Wilson demonstrates that the North American landscape has been the ground for political as well as aesthetic transport. He takes a distinctly historical approach and explores the ways in which experiences of the American landscape instill desire for other kinds of vastness: self-expansion, national expansion, and American political power. As Wallace Stevens put it, the American will takes "dominion everywhere."
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THREE “ Enrapted Senses ” Anne Bradstreets “ Contemplations ” “ Getting the
Grandeurs ” When I identify my self , my work , and my country , you may think I '
ve finally got the grandeurs : . . . - A . R . Ammons , Sphere : The Form of a Motion
Anne Bradstreet , in generic respects , needs no such apology . Anne Bradstreet '
s Puritan Sublime That there is a God my Reason would soon tell me by the
wondrous workes that I see , the vast frame of the Heaven and the Earth , the
8 Nathaniel Ward , “ Introductory Verses " to The Tenth Muse , The Works of Anne
Bradstreet , 4 . In Erich Auerbach ' s compelling speculations on the breakdown
of aristocratic / stylistic hierarchies , a new sublime is entailed by the very ...
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