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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seem wills , i handful of language This anchoring of the American sublime within
tactics of everyday speech and shopping - mall kitsch suggests , furthermore ,
that any Poe - or Mallarmé - like deformation of language into high , symbolic ...
22 That is , Spicer ungrounds any Whitmanic sublimity of force from its
determinacy in Nature and God by multiplying the implicit contexts of structure ,
language , and relevance in which such a phrase might make strong ( that is ,
voice ” which is implicitly ego - sublime , but the massive structure of language
itself , apart from individualized meanings and intentions such as those the poem
goes on to generate while “ No one listens to poetry . ” As Silliman worries this ...
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