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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If the American sublime had existed ( even in Whitman ) by a striking
accumulation of adjectives , the sublime comes to exist for Stevens in a subtle
decreation ( “ difference ” ) of adjectives from the infinite to the finite and near .
The American ...
... mantralike “ sacred syllable ” rising out of the sacked vernacular to disclose
fullness of being . The sublime comes to exist through overbelieving acts of rapt
consciousness elevating not mountains and oceans with the “ golden ointment ”
I can ' t explain it was not shock or horror I became mute with I could see streets
in the distance a few buildings standing here and there but Hiroshima didn ' t
exist I saw Hiroshima did not exist . ss Fleeing along this road from Hiroshima , as
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