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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In the trope of “ Walt Whitman , ” sublime rapture found Ameri - | can terms and
expressed what Bryant theorized as “ new modes of sublimity . ” The American
sublime emerged , beyond tamer worships of Bryant or the meter - making ...
He emerges as “ Walt Whitman , an American ” of laboring - class origin who will
yet encompass ( in language and imagination more than body ) the immensity of
America : “ His ( the American poet ' s ] spirit responds to his country ' s spirit ...
25 Walt Whitman , “ Democratic Vistas , ” in Prose Works 1892 , vol . 2 , ed . Floyd
Stovall ( New York : New York Univ . Press , 1964 ) : 398 . 26 The Uncollected
Poetry and Prose of Walt Whitman , vol . 2 , ed . Emory Holloway ( Gloucester ...
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