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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Emerging out of any region or ethnic voice , “ The Great American Novel ” could
at least find a post - Whitmanic contender for the “ Great American Poem . ” As A .
R . Ammons diagnosed and tried to distance his own case of sublimity in Sphere
2 Given the historical vacancy of America as measured against its vast
geographical grandeur and an emerging social dynamic valorizing “ liberty , ” this
expanding interest in domesticating such modes of sublime contemplation for as
- yet ...
On the conjunction of Christian ideology and the emerging worldliness of the
capitalist self seeking to create its own vocation of sublimity in " fresh woods and
pastures new ” of middle - class faith , as in less literary markets , see Christopher
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