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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But I think it is fair to say — if only recalling the exalted crossing into light -
drenched empowerment in Emerson , the language claims of sublime afflatus in
Whitman , if not the painterly movement of sublime tropes into American
... aspirations of post - Whitmanic poetry . This denomination of an American
sublime , by poet and critic alike , has slowly registered a familiar story : an
anecdote bespeaking the lyric will to domination . Following upon the
Emersonian claims ...
The ironic result of such a piously domesticated wildness , encountered as an
uplifting wilderness trauma , is that finally , as Harold Bloom claims , “ Bryant ' s
ecstatic beholding has little to do with what he sees . ” . Bryant ' s sublimity is ...
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