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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Alexis de Tocqueville long ago observed that collective ideology is much more
operative than critical philosophy ( what we would call theory ) in the shaping and
interiorizing of American values : “ I think that in no country in the civilized world ...
Suppressing all signs of mimetic rivalry , jealousy , or sense of collective
dispossession , Trumbull uses terms far more euphoric than the warily oedipal
ones of Yale ' s latter - day critic of the America sublime , Harold Bloom . “
Beneath a ...
... of the nuclear sublime , with all our collective resources of language and wit .
26 For cultural genres and disciplines fascinated up to the frames and limits of
representation and all - but - blocked in expressive power by this “ fabulously
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