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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Even a midwestern farmyard in “ A Farm Picture ” can be refigured , for example ,
beyond pastoral stability or closure , into a framework of grand acceptance . Door
, cattle , peace , and horizon link to comprise “ democratic vistas ” of immensity .
33 In the Whitmanic calculus , as Emerson seconded , the American poet must be
the ego of most faith whose ecstasy before the natural sublime is typical and
shareable , whose forms seem democratic and new , whose “ thoughts are the ...
Talcott Pars the reflections on democratic “ equality ” by Tocqueville as well as
the portrayal of Puritan / Capitalist “ election ” given in Max Weber , The
Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism , trans . Talcott Parsons ( [ 1904 –
1905 ) New ...
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