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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Or it even survives crazed and full - bodied in the voice of Anne Waldman in “
Makeup on Empty Space , ” filling atomic “ emptiness ” through a barrage of antic
images fighting off the bomb — desert spaces never to be empty ( in quite the
I build up the house again in memory of empty space This occurs to me about
empty space that it is never to be mentioned again . . . 18 Like a conjured
cosmogony , Waldman ' s poem moves from proclaiming a quasi - Buddhist
emptiness and ...
empty spirit / In vacant space , ” a tallying of abyss plus abyss which equals
sublime perception . This sign - alteration of adjectives from full and vast to
vacant and empty is for Stevens a trope which alters nature , as is later claimed in
“ An ...
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