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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... by dwarfed human agents . Such communities must somehow find a language
with which to contend against the dialectical force of Mutual Assured Destruction
( MAD ) and the anti - archival threat that “ all politics and all culture will cease .
The human agent remains the site of history , discourse , archive of past and
future , maker of the Longinian affect if not of the sublime landscape he in self -
pitying terror beholds . 22 Like Emerson , who thought of the American poet as an
... of cities , landscapes , and human subjects : “ Last is the thumb . ” Uba ' s poem
serves as parodic image of the discursive dehumanization from which even awe
and terror have been banished , transformed into mere signals of mathematical ...
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