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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... as in the “ parole ” of Emerson ' s bullet - spray essays or Moses ' God -
inspired sentence ( atomized as grandeur by Longinus and latter - day American
critics ) : Fiat lux . As the site of industrial transformations and social mobility ,
Aesthetics in Early American History , ” American Studies : Essays on Theory and
Method , ed . Robert Meredith ( Columbus , Ohio : Merrill , 1968 ) . 17 Richard
Baxter , The Saints ' Everlasting Rest ; Or , A Treatise On The Blessed State of the
2 See M . M . Bakhtin , Speech Genres & Other Late Essays , trans . Vern W .
McGee ( Austin : Univ . of Texas Press , 1986 ) : 4 . 3 I comment more fully on
General Farrell ' s compound of ideological uncertainty and American piety
before the ...
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