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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Such a poetry proved all the more necessary , Romantic poets would agree , as
the United States moved towards installing modes of Liberty and Equality
trumping those of the past . All too mechanically , as Bryant saw , these erudite
29 The pre - Romantic constitution of the sublime by Burke in 1757 can be seen ,
beyond local aesthetics , to cooperate in the political constitution of an awestruck
body , a subjected body on which dread power can be inscribed as so many ...
12 Written while living in Bryant ' s home in Cummington , Massachusetts , Wilbur
' s poem ( “ A Wall in the Woods : Cummington ” ) negotiating Bryant ' s “ homiletic
woods ” and romantic metaphors is from The New Yorker , 5 June 1989 , 40 .
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