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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In Stevens ' s “ The American Sublime , ” to return briefly to this lyric , the figure
used by the poet to represent an American will - tosublimity is Andrew Jackson ,
who poses as a heroic figure , resisting blankness , muteness , and mockery ...
24 It is , finally , hard to figure out the tone of this poem : halfmockery , half moral -
seriousness , a kind of pyrrhic victory for the American sublime ? The rabbit is a
too - eager Canon Aspirin who represses the fact of the cat in order to assert the ...
A garden - encompassed mansion can stand as one figure for its supreme -
fiction - maker , that hero of “ blissfuller perceptions ” whose positings would
abstract a “ man - sun ” representing our “ highest self . ” Though the poet viewed
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