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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Haug ' s next stanza shifts from this extraordinary event , however banalized , to
focus upon ordinary rounds of daily life , wherein the sun ' s returning and
everyday motions seem curiously extraordinary , still empowered by a cash -
value faith ...
... operative than critical philosophy ( what we would call theory ) in the shaping
and interiorizing of American values : “ I ... discourse of transcendental idealism (
Emerson ) and the cash - value pragmatism of William James , assumed as one ...
... for purposes of business , and as one delves deeper into the national character
of the Americans , one finds that their one test of the value of everything in this
world depends on the answer to this single question : ' How much money does it
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