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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The reified aftereffect of this dynamic , which is urban architecture or urban space
itself , can subject the postmodern streetwalker - drifting under the toxic sunsets
of Los Angeles in which garish chemical colors get synthesized , as in Elvis ...
Considered from the perspective of the American sublime , Burke ' s dynamic of “
terror " becomes a way of articulating yet warding off subversive energies and
terrors that are soon to be unleashed in the revolutions of America and France ...
The Kantian dynamic of the sublime as tactics of “ negative presentation ” are
argued to perdure as a transcultural dynamic in Jean - François Lyotard , “ The
Sublime and the Avant - Garde , ” in The Lyotard Reader , ed . Andrew Benjamin
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