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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Flooded with energy and light , artistic aggression was sublimated into a national
performance . As formulated in European rhetorics and aesthetics , the sublime
had comprised an experience of art - empowerment ( transport ) that oscillated ...
To be , in the grass , in the peacefullest time , Without that monument of cat , The
cat forgotten in the moon ; And to feel that the light is a rabbit - light , In which
everything is meant for you And nothing need be explained ; Then there is
The persona of the rabbit , like some orientalist “ Hoon " or Whitman himself ,
sees the world only as a vast projection of his consciousness , signed with the
signature of his own Emersonian luminosity : “ And to feel that the light is a rabbit
- light ...
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