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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Bradstreet depicts these very sublime moods of “ amazement , ” against all odds ,
as a self - made labyrinth of enraptured feeling in which sensuousness exceeds
moralization , or public recuperation , yet is interpreted as a sign of God : “ The ...
His form becomes a curiously hybrid one , what might be called sublime pastoral
, an old form in which new feelings of transport ... God , we would have to
conclude , is his ultimate source of awe , an amplitude of feeling he constructs (
as God ...
... Louis Simpson in “ The Hour of Feeling , ” ( 1976 ) , which does the same for
the skyscrapers of modern New York City , importing sublime feeling from a rural
to an urban context , making even advertisements of Capital ' s details ( whiskey ...
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