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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Transport ” moved the scarified self to sites of the sublime as a national
possession and affirmed , beyond powerlessness , exalted feelings of self -
possession and the seemingly renewable language of the American sublime .
The American ...
Moving from contemplation of a “ spear of summer grass , ” Whitman becomes
increasingly “ intoxicated ” with the particulars , energy , scope , and materiality of
America and cosmos until he can affirm the immensity of each object , as ...
... poet must evoke something “ major " and self - enabling in this fix on vast
nothingness shorn of tradition as is affirmed in “ Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction
" : Out of nothing to have come on major weather , It is possible , possible ,
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