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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My thanks go as well to the following , in differing ways embodying funds of
kindness , courage , and example : Robin Magowan , Richard Bridgman , Masao
Miyoshi , Dan Stempel , Roy Harvey Pearce , Susan Horton , Michael Beard , Nell
or infinitude , to use the sublime example , came initially from contemplation of
his manifest attributes ; but this impression was compounded to maximal
extension , at which point the mind balked in an experience of awe . For , as W .
era ; for example , the American Quarterly Review 2 ( 1827 ) : 482 – 509 reprinted
“ with surprise ” this poem , calling it “ the most favorable specimen of Mrs .
Bradstreet ' s language and poetic talent . ” 10 Bryant , Prose Writings , 5 , 39 . 11
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