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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Hence , after Locke ' s empirical psychology validates a rational use of the
imagination as a means to grace , natural space can function , in the subjective
mind , as the locus of religious conversion : “ For it is the observation of space as
The multimegaton weapons simply surpass the capacity of human imagination
and comprehension . ” 11 Such mind - quelling images and sensedeadening
effects must now superintend the vatic hyperboles of poetry — 232 Part 4 : Alter ...
... yet appals ” ) are discussed in Chauncey C . Loomis , “ The Arctic Sublime ” in
Nature and the Victorian Imagination , ed . U . C . Knoepflmacher and G . B .
Tennyson ( Berkeley and Los Angeles : Univ of California Press , 1977 ) : 95 –
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