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 a negative sense , ideology comprises the collective fictions and poetic
enchantments which a culture tells itself as a way of ... Yet , in a more positive
sense , by alluding to the ideological construction of the sublime object , poems
such as ...
Alexis de Tocqueville long ago observed that collective ideology is much more
operative than critical philosophy ( what we would call theory ) in the shaping and
interiorizing of American values : “ I think that in no country in the civilized world ...
thusser ' s Marxism ( London : Pluto Press , 1976 ) : “ An ideology is a system (
with its own logic and rigour ) of representations ( images , myths , ideas , or
concepts , depending on the case ) endowed with a historical existence and role
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