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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Emerson ' s self - reliant will to the sublime is more than just personal mandate to
analytical greatness or peculiarity ; his quest , in essay and lyric , for strong
energy informs a more broadly cultural preoccupation with “ power , ” which he ...
American modernity , which would recognize no traces of “ ideology ” as
operative in determining spiritual or cultural formations such as poetry , allows
this sweeping assumption of identity between subject and nation to be so ,
implying as it ...
... reaching after bigness or abstract space , a vastness of design creating “
beauty through intimidation " and an ego - absorption which need not be
separated from the cultural quest to invent further versions , amid junk and
cultural glut , of our ...
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